Ex parte VALLAURI et al. - 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          not binding precedent of the Board.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. 49              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
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                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
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                    Ex parte UBALDO VALLAURI and FRANCESCO PORTAS                     
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                                Appeal No. 1996-3350                                  
                               Application 08/187,114                                 
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                                HEARD: April 17, 2000                                 
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          Before PAK, WARREN and WALTZ, Administrative Patent Judges.                 
          WALTZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         

          DECISION ON APPEAL                                                          
               This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the                       
          examiner’s final rejection of claims 5, 6 and 12 through 20,                
          which are the only claims remaining in this application.                    
               According to appellants, the invention is directed to an               


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