Ex parte SUNDBERG - 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          was not written for publication in a law journal and (2) is not              
          binding precedent of the Board.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. 19              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                        
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                    
                              Ex parte JAMES A. SUNDBERG                               
                                 Appeal No. 96-3845                                    
                               Application 08/209,2601                                 
                               HEARD: December 11, 1997                                

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

                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                   

               This is an appeal from the final rejection of claims 1                  
          through 3, 19, and 21 through 24. Claims 4 through 18, the only              
          other claims remaining in the application, stand allowed.                    

               Appellant’s invention pertains to a method of handling                  
          capsules, a capsule handling system, and to a capsule handling               
          method.  An understanding of the invention can be derived from a             


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