Ex parte BURTON - Page 1

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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                                    written for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent                                                                                                    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.                                                                                                                                                                
                                                     UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                                                                   
                                                             BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                                                                  
                                                                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                                                                                              
                                                                           Ex parte STEVEN W. BURTON                                                                                                             
                                                                                   Appeal No. 1996-3112                                                                                                          
                                                                         Application 08/395,1701                                                                                                                 
                                                                                      ON BRIEF                                                                                                                   
                        Before WILLIAM F. SMITH, LORIN  and SPIEGEL,  Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                                                              
                        WILLIAM F. SMITH, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                                                             
                                    This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the final rejection of claims                                                                                                   
                        1 through 10, all the claims in the application.  Claim 1 is representative of the subject                                                                                               
                        matter on appeal and reads as follows:                                                                                                                                                   
                                    1.   A method for pulping wood chips comprising the steps of:                                                                                                                

                                    1Application for patent filed February 27, 1995.  According to applicant, this                                                                                               
                        application is a continuation of Application 08/176,299, filed January 3, 1994                                                                                                           
                        (abandoned); which is a continuation of Application 07/944,538, filed September 14, 1992                                                                                                 

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