Ex parte BERNARDO 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                         journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 31                          

                                    UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                 
                                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                  
                                                        AND INTERFERENCES                                                                     
                               Ex parte JOSEPH A. BERNARDO and BARRY L. NATALE                                                                
                                                        Appeal No. 96-1032                                                                    
                                                    Application 08/197,4431                                                                   
                                                                ON BRIEF                                                                      
                Before CALVERT, MEISTER and ABRAMS, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                             
                CALVERT, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                         

                                                        DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                    
                         This is an appeal from the final rejection of claims 2 to 6,                                                         
                8, 19 to 21, 23 and 25, all the claims remaining in the                                                                       
                         Claims 2 to 6, 8 and 23 are drawn to a method for making a                                                           
                distinction or identifying code on an article for automated                                                                   

                         1Application for patent filed February 16, 1994.                                                                     
                According to applicants, the application is a continuation of                                                                 
                Application 07/868,525, filed April 15, 1992, now abandoned.                                                                  

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