Ex parte RING - 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                         journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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                                                                 
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                                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                  
                                                        AND INTERFERENCES                                                                     
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                                                   Ex parte ROBERT S. RING                                                                    
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                                                        Appeal No. 96-3968                                                                    
                                                Application No. 08/117,6691                                                                   
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                                                                ON BRIEF                                                                      
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                Before LYDDANE, STAAB, and NASE, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                
                NASE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                            



                                                        DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                    
                         This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's final                                                               
                rejection of claims 1 through 26, which are all of the claims                                                                 
                pending in this application.                                                                                                  

                         We AFFIRM-IN-PART and enter a new ground of rejection                                                                
                pursuant to 37 CFR  1.196(b).                                                                                                



                         1Application for patent filed September 8, 1993.                                                                     





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