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                             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              publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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                                                        
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                                          Ex parte DONALD P. HART, JR.                                                  
                                             and ROBERT C. STROUP                                                       
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                                                Appeal No. 1996-0837                                                    
                                                Application 08/043,062                                                  
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                                                      ON BRIEF                                                          
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              Before CAROFF, ELLIS and OWENS, Administrative Patent Judges.                                             
              ELLIS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                       

                                               DECISION ON APPEAL                                                       
                     This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the examiner’s final rejection of                     
              claims 1, 57 and 88, all the claims remaining in the application.                                         
                     Claim 1 is illustrative of the subject matter on appeal and reads as follows:                      
                     1.  A printing coating composition for forming a decorative coating on a substrate                 
              comprising:                                                                                               
                     (A) (i) at least one homopolymer of ethylene having a melt index of at least about                 
              220 grams per ten minutes as determined by ASTM D1238, condition 190/2.16, or (ii) at                     






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