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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                  publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 24                     

                               UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                   
                                    BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                     
                                                AND INTERFERENCES                                                          
                                              Ex parte NOBUMASA SATO                                                       
                                                 Appeal No. 1996-3213                                                      
                                                 Application 08/031,596                                                    
                                                       ON BRIEF                                                            
                  Before William F. Smith, Lorin, and Mills, 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 9, all the claims remaining in the application.                                                
                         Claim 1 is representative of the subject matter on appeal and reads as                            
                         A lipcolor composition comprising (a) at least one metal compound selected                        
                            from the group consisting of salts of divalent and trivalent metals and                        
                            hydroxides of divalent and trivalent metals, and (b) a water-soluble salt of                   
                            alginic acid, and wherein the composition further comprises (c) at least                       

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