Ex parte BRANHAM 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                was not written for publication in a law journal and (2) is not                                                               
                binding precedent of the Board.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. 41                              
                                    UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                 
                                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                  
                                                        AND INTERFERENCES                                                                     
                                              Ex parte JOHN F. BRANHAM and                                                                    
                                                             JOHN TCHENG                                                                      
                                                        Appeal No. 96-2780                                                                    
                                                    Application 08/162,3621                                                                   
                                                                ON BRIEF                                                                      

                Before LYDDANE, MCQUADE and CRAWFORD, Administrative Patent                                                                   
                CRAWFORD, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                        

                                                        DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                    
                         This is a decision on an appeal from the examiner’s final                                                            
                rejection of claims 2-15 and 17.  Claims 1 and 16 have been                                                                   
                                                            THE INVENTION                                                                     
                         Appellants invention is a support frame for a vehicle                                                                

                         1Application for patent filed November 5, 1993.  According                                                           
                to appellants, the application is a continuation of Application                                                               
                07/366,529, filed June 15, 1989.                                                                                              

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