Ex parte LEACH 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                 (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 30                                 

                                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                        
                                             BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                         
                                                            AND INTERFERENCES                                                                           
                                    Ex parte PATRICK A. LEACH and DAVID I. LEACH                                                                        
                                                          Appeal No. 1996-3738                                                                          
                                                        Application 08/004,254                                                                          
                                                                    ON BRIEF                                                                            

                 Before CALVERT, ABRAMS, and BAHR, Administrative Patent                                                                                
                 CALVERT, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                                  

                                                           DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                           
                          This is an appeal from the final rejection of claims 39                                                                       
                 to 42, 44 to 48 and 52 to 54.   The other claims remaining in1                                                                                  

                          1Although claims 39 to 54 were all rejected in the final                                                                      
                 rejection, the examiner stated in a subsequent Advisory Action                                                                         
                 (Paper No. 17) that upon filing an appeal, claims 43 and 49 to                                                                         

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