Ex parte LEITCH et al. - Page 1




                                     THIS OPINION WAS NOT WRITTEN FOR PUBLICATION                                                                       
                 The opinion in support of the decision being entered today (1) was not written for                                                     
                 publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.                                                            
                                                                                                                    Paper No. 13                        
                                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                         
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                                            BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                          
                                                            AND INTERFERENCES                                                                           
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                                                        Ex parte STEVEN H. LEITCH,                                                                      
                                                                 LISA J. BARTZ,                                                                         
                                                            and KATHLEEN B. FISH                                                                        
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                                                              Appeal No. 96-0937                                                                        
                                                            Application 08/203,7231                                                                     
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                                                                     ON BRIEF                                                                           
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                 Before STONER, Chief Administrative Patent Judge, and WINTERS and WILLIAM F.                                                           
                 SMITH, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                                                   
                 WILLIAM F. SMITH, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                         
                                                            DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                          
                          This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the final rejection of claims 1, 2, 4                                            
                 through 6, 8 through 12, 14 through 16, and 18 through 26, all the claims pending in                                                   
                 the application.  The examiner withdrew the rejection of claims 9, 10, and 19 in the                                                   

                          1Application for patent filed February 28, 1994.  According to appellants, the                                                
                 application is a continuation of Application 08/026,144, filed March 2, 1993, now                                                      
                 abandoned; which is a continuation of Application 07/671,578, filed March 19, 1991,                                                    
                 now abandoned.                                                                                                                         
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