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              publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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

                              UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                      
                                   BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                        
                                               AND INTERFERENCES                                                             
                               Ex parte RICHARD A. HOUGHTEN, JULIO H. CUERVO                                                 
                                                 and FRED F. WEITL                                                           
                                               Appeal No. 1996-3434                                                          
                                              Application No. 08/063,279                                                     
                                                HEARD: June 8, 2000                                                          
              Before WINTERS, WILLIAM F. SMITH, and ADAMS, Administrative Patent Judges,                                     
              ADAMS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                            

                                               DECISION ON APPEAL                                                            
                      This is a decision on the appeal under 35 U.S.C. ' 134 from the examiner=s final                       

              rejection of claims 1-17, which are all the claims pending in the application.                                 
                      Claim 1 is illustrative of the subject matter on appeal and is reproduced below:                       

                      1.     A library of linear substituted oligoalkyleneimine chains comprising a                          

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