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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              in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 16                         

                               UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                   

                                    BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                     
                                                AND INTERFERENCES                                                          
                                           Ex parte NORMAN A. VAN REES                                                     
                                                 Appeal No. 1996-1040                                                      
                                                 Application 08/069,434                                                    
                                                       ON BRIEF                                                            

              Before WINTERS, ROBINSON, and LORIN,  Administrative Patent Judges.                                          
              ROBINSON, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                       

                                                DECISION ON APPEAL                                                         
                     This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the final rejection of claims                            
              1-14, which are all of the claims pending in this application.                                               
                     Claim 1 is illustrative of the subject matter on appeal and reads as follows:                         
                     1.  A biodegradable insect repellant that breaks down in the presence of water to                     
              minimize solid waste, the insect repellant comprising:                                                       


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