Ex parte DIEKHAUS et al. - Page 7

          Appeal No. 1996-1288                                                        
          Application No. 08/227,576                                                  

          aromatic sulfonic acids from sulfating mixtures.  Thus, the                 
          starting material of Brunnmueller’s process includes aromatic               
          sulfonic acids in sulfating mixtures which differs from the                 
          starting material of the appellants’ here claimed process                   
          involving sulfonated and unsulfonated organic phosphorous                   
          compounds.  Moreover, the examiner refers to nothing and we                 
          find nothing independently in our study of the secondary                    
          references to Connelly and Bodenbenner which supplies this                  
          deficiency of Brunnmueller.  Indeed, the examiner does not                  
          address or even seem to appreciate this deficiency.                         

               The decision of the examiner is reversed.                              

          Bradley R. Garris               )                                           
               Administrative Patent Judge     )                                      


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