Ex parte ABERSFELDER et al. - Page 2

          Appeal No. 96-3553                                                          
          Application 08/324,476                                                      

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
                    This appeal is from the final rejection of claims 1               
          through 8, all of the claims pending in the application.                    
                    The invention relates to an arrangement for marking               
          motor vehicles with identification information to deter theft               
          and/or unauthorized sale.  Claims 1 and 8 are illustrative and              
          read as follows:                                                            
                    1.  Arrangement for preventing theft of a vehicle                 
                    microscopic information carriers having dimensions in             
          the range of microns, each of said information carriers being               
          encoded with identifying secondary information concerning the               
          vehicle, said information carriers being contained in a vehicle             
          coating of said vehicle at least at selected locations, said                
          vehicle coating being selected from the group consisting of a               
          top coating paint, an inner coating paint, an underseal coating             
          and a protection wax coating;                                               
                    whereby said secondary information encoded on said                
          information carriers may be detected and compared with stored               
          primary information concerning said vehicle to detect alteration            
          of said secondary information.                                              
                    8.  Arrangement for marking of vehicles to hinder theft           
          or unauthorized sale, comprising:                                           
                    information carriers permanently applied to the                   
          vehicle, said information carriers being encoded with data in the           
          form of secondary information which coincides with primary                  
          information concerning the identity of the vehicle, which                   
          primary information is stored in a manner that is not accessible            
          to manipulation;                                                            


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