Ex parte SIGMUNDSTAD - 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          not binding precedent of the Board.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. 32              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                                    _____________                                     
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
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                             Ex parte MARTIN SIGMUNDSTAD                              
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                                Appeal No. 2000-0560                                  
                             Application No. 08/578,636                               
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                                 HEARD: May 16, 2000                                  
                                   _______________                                    

          Before CALVERT, FRANKFORT and GONZALES, Administrative Patent               
          Judges                                                                      
          GONZALES, Administrative Patent Judge.                                      


                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   

               This is a decision on an appeal from the examiner's final              
          rejection of claims 9, 10 and 12 through 15, which are all of               
          the claims in the application.                                              
               We AFFIRM, but designate our affirmance as a new                       
          rejection pursuant to 37 CFR  1.196(b).                                    
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