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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              publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 13                       

                              UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                
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                                   BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                  
                                               AND INTERFERENCES                                                       
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                                             Ex parte SNEHAL M. SHAH                                                   
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                                               Appeal No. 1996-2731                                                    
                                               Application 08/240,862                                                  
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                                                      ON BRIEF                                                         
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              Before WILLIAM F. SMITH, SPIEGEL, and ADAMS, Administrative Patent Judges.                               
              ADAMS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                      

                                               DECISION ON APPEAL                                                      

                     This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the final rejection of claims 3-6, 8, 9,             
              12, 13, 17, 18 and 21-23, all the claims pending in the application.  Claim 21 is                        
              representative of the subject matter on appeal and reads as follows:                                     









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