Ex parte RAO 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               journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 19                   

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                  Ex parte V.N. MALLIKARJUNA RAO, FRANK J. WEIGERT                    
                                 and CARL G. KRESPAN                                  
                                 Appeal No. 1996-0683                                 
                               Application 08/116,938                                 
                                      ON BRIEF                                        
          Before PAK, WALTZ and KRATZ, Administrative Patent Judges.                  
          PAK, Administrative Patent Judge.                                           

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is a decision on an appeal from the examiner’s final              
          rejection of claims 1 and 7.  Claims 2 through 6 and 8 through              
          24 stand withdrawn from consideration by the examiner as being              
          directed to a non-elected invention.  See the final Office                  
          action dated December 8, 1994 (Paper No. 10).                               

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