Ex parte SPANA et al. - Page 1

            The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was not written for                
            publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.                                        

                                                                          Paper No.  27                   

                          UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                       
                               BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                         
                                         AND INTERFERENCES                                                
                               Ex parte CARL SPANA, JOSEPH FARGNOLI,                                      
                                          and JOSEPH BOLEN                                                
                                          Appeal No. 1996-2210                                            
                                          Application 08/129,722                                          
                                                ON BRIEF                                                  
            Before WINTERS, WILLIAM F. SMITH, and LORIN, Administrative Patent Judges.                    
            WINTERS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                         

                                         DECISION ON APPEAL                                               

                  This appeal was taken from the examiner=s decision rejecting claims 1 through 4, 6      

            through 17, and 22 through 26, which are all of the claims remaining in the application.      
                  Claims 1 and 23, which are illustrative of the subject matter on appeal, read as follows:

                  1.  An expression vector, comprising:                                                   

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