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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              in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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                                                   
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                                    BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                     
                                                AND INTERFERENCES                                                          
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                                           Ex parte NORMAN A. VAN REES                                                     
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                                                 Appeal No. 1996-1040                                                      
                                                 Application 08/069,434                                                    
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                                                       ON BRIEF                                                            
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              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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