Ex parte ROLAND et al. - 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          (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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 WOLF-ANCHIM ROLAND,                             
                                  KARL-HEINZ GOTTWALD,                                
                                 MATTHIAS HAMACHER and                                
                                   JAN-WILLEM BROUWER                                 
                                   Appeal No. 1996-3470                               
                              Application 08/313,179                                  
                             ON BRIEF                                                 
          Before JOHN D. SMITH, GARRIS and OWENS, Administrative Patent               
          JOHN D. SMITH, Administrative Patent Judge.                                 
                                   DECISION ON APPEAL                                 
               This is an appeal pursuant to 35 U.S.C.  134 from the final           
          rejection of claims 1 through 3 and 5 through 20.                           
               Claim 1 is representative and is reproduced below:                     
               1.  A process for the production of copper-containing                  
          nickel-free phosphate coatings with a copper content of 0.1 to 5%           
          by weight and an edge length of the phosphate crystals of 0.5 to            
          10 m on a metal surface selected from the group consisting of              

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