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                                         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                    (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 26                                       

                                            UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                                      
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                                                   BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                                      
                                                                    AND INTERFERENCES                                                                                      
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                                                             Ex parte SVEIN NORDTVEDT                                                                                      
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                                                                   Appeal No. 96-1058                                                                                      
                                                              Application 08/211,1431                                                                                      
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                                                            HEARD: September 18, 1997                                                                                      
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                    Before STONER, Chief Administrative Patent Judge, and LYDDANE and                                                                                      
                    CRAWFORD, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                                                                
                    STONER, Chief Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                                             

                                                                   DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                                      
                              Svein Nordtvedt, appellant, appeals from the final rejection                                                                                 
                    of claims 8 through 10 and 12 through 17 under 35 U.S.C.  103.                                                                                        
                    Claims 11 and 18 have been indicated as allowable subject to                                                                                           
                    being rewritten in independent form.  We reverse.                                                                                                      

                              1Application for patent filed March 22, 1994                                                                                                 
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