Ex parte ATKINSON - Page 1




                             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              publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 23                       

                              UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                
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                                  BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                   
                                              AND INTERFERENCES                                                        
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                                           Ex parte JOHN P. ATKINSON                                                   
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                                               Appeal No. 1996-3348                                                    
                                              Application  08/139,195                                                  
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                                                     ON BRIEF                                                          
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              Before WINTERS, ROBINSON, 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 13-15, all             
              the claims pending in the application. Claims 13 and 15 are representative of the subject                
              matter on appeal and read as follows:                                                                    











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