Ex parte MELKUS 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               was not written for publication in a law journal and (2) is not                                                       
               binding precedent of the Board.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. 11                                   

                                  UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                          
                                       BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                            
                                                     AND INTERFERENCES                                                               
                                Ex parte LOVIE A. MELKUS and DAVID J. SCHELL                                                         
                                                    Appeal No. 96-1343                                                               
                                                Application 07/993,2251                                                              
                                                            ON BRIEF                                                                 

               Before COHEN, MEISTER and STAAB, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                        
               STAAB, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                   

                                                    DECISION ON APPEAL                                                               

                       This is a decision on an appeal from the final rejection of                                                   
               claims 1-7 and 9-14, all the claims remaining in the application.                                                     
                       Appellants’ invention pertains to a method (claims 1-7) and                                                   
               system (claims 9-14) for controlling individual messages to users                                                     

                       1Application for patent filed December 18, 1992.                                                              

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