Ex parte KIEFABER 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                         journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 17                                       

                                    UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                 
                                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                  
                                                        AND INTERFERENCES                                                                     
                              Ex parte DREW E. KIEFABER and JEFFREY R. RUMMLER                                                                
                                                        Appeal No. 97-0742                                                                    
                                                    Application 08/427,7751                                                                   
                                                                ON BRIEF                                                                      
                Before LYDDANE, FRANKFORT and McQUADE, Administrative Patent                                                                  
                McQUADE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                         

                                                        DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                    
                         This appeal is from the final rejection of claims 1 through                                                          
                21, all of the claims pending in the application.                                                                             
                         The invention relates to “an apparatus for preventing                                                                
                condensation in machines processing web-like material”                                                                        
                (specification, page 1).  Claim 1 is illustrative and reads as                                                                

                         1Application for patent filed April 25, 1995.                                                                        

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