Ex parte LESTER 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              publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 18                               

                              UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                 
                                   BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                   
                                               AND INTERFERENCES                                                        
                           Ex parte GEORGE R. LESTER and STEPHEN T. HOMEYER                                             
                                                Appeal No. 1996-2077                                                    
                                                Application 08/271,922                                                  
                                                      ON BRIEF                                                          

              Before GARRIS, ELLIS and WALTZ, 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 through 20, all the claims remaining in the application.  Claim 10 and 15 are                    
              illustrative of the subject matter on appeal and read as follows:                                         

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