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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              publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 17                 

                               UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                   
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                                    BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                     
                                                AND INTERFERENCES                                                          
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                              Ex parte RICHARD D. LEVERE, NADAR G. ABRAHAM,                                                
                               MICHAL L. SCHWARTZMAN and MICHAEL W. DUNN                                                   
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                                                 Appeal No. 1996-2396                                                      
                                                 Application 08/285,873                                                    
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                                                       ON BRIEF                                                            
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              Before WILLIAM F. SMITH, ELLIS and LORIN, 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 and 4 through 8, all the claims remaining in the application.  Claims 2, 3 and 9                    
              through 13 have been canceled.                                                                               
                     Claims 1, 4 and 6 are illustrative of the subject matter on appeal and read as                        
              follows:                                                                                                     







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