Ex parte KOURTAKIS 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                                                     not binding precedent of the Board.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. 10               

                                    UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                        

                                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                         
                                                      AND INTERFERENCES                                                              

                               Ex parte KONSTANTINOS KOURTAKIS, HORACIO E. BERGNA,                                                   
                                      GEORGE C. SONNICHSEN, DAVID R. CORBIN and                                                      
                                                         LOREN D. BRAKE                                                              

                                                        Appeal No. 1996-3493                                                         
                                                     Application No. 08/451,697                                                      

                                                              ON BRIEF                                                               

               Before WINTERS, GARRIS, and SPIEGEL, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                    
               SPIEGEL, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                 

                                                      DECISION ON APPEAL                                                             

                       This is a decision on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the examiner's final rejection of claims              

               1 through 6 and 17, which are all of the claims pending in this application.  Claim 1 is illustrative:                

                               1.  An attrition resistant catalyst composition comprising one or more acidic                         
                       zeolites selected from the group consisting of rho and chabazite;                                             

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