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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          for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 48           
                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                                    ____________                                      
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                                    ____________                                      
            Ex parte IAN H. COATES, ALEXANDER W. OXFORD, PETER C. NORTH,              
               THOMAS MILLER, ANTHONY D. BAXTER  and KEVIN I. HAMMOND                 
                                    ____________                                      
                                Appeal No. 1996-2321                                  
                             Application No. 08/137,228                               
                                    ____________                                      
                               HEARD:  March 21, 2000                                 
                                    ____________                                      
          Before OWENS, WALTZ, and KRATZ, Administrative Patent Judges.               
          WALTZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         




               DECISION ON APPEAL                                                     
               This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the                       
          examiner’s refusal to allow claims 2, 6, 8 through 10 and 12                
          as amended subsequent to the final rejection (see the                       
          amendment dated Feb. 13, 1995, Paper No. 33, entered as per                 
          the advisory Action dated Mar. 2, 1995, Paper No. 35, and the               
          amendment accompanying the Brief dated May 15, 1995, Paper No.              





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