Ex parte GRAEBNER et al. - Page 1




              The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was not                                        
              written for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.                                        
                                                                                    Paper No. 25                        

                              UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                 
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                                   BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                   
                                               AND INTERFERENCES                                                        
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                                           Ex parte JOHN E. GRAEBNER                                                    
                                                  SUNGHO JIN and                                                        
                                                 THOMAS H. TIEFEL                                                       
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                                                Appeal No. 1996-0073                                                    
                                                Application 08/278,688                                                  
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                                                      ON BRIEF                                                          
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              Before CAROFF, METZ and HANLON, Administrative Patent Judges.                                             
              HANLON, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                      

                                               DECISION ON APPEAL                                                       
                     This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the final rejection of claims 1-10, all of            
              the claims pending in the application.  The claims on appeal involve removing a quantity of               
              diamond material from a polycrystalline diamond film.  Claims 1 and 8 are representative                  
              and read as follows:                                                                                      




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