Ex parte DALTON 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           for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 21              
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                           BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                               Ex parte RAYMOND F. DALTON                              
                                    and JOHN L. LENG                                   
                                  Appeal No. 1996-3990                                 
                               Application No. 08/145,239                              
                                        ON BRIEF                                       
          Before OWENS, WALTZ, and KRATZ, Administrative Patent Judges.                
          KRATZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                          

                                   DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's final                  
          rejection of claims 20 through 26, which are all of the claims               
          pending in this application.                                                 
               The appellants’ invention relates to a composition                      
          including (A) one or more o-hydroxyaryloximes having at least                
          5 aliphatic or alicyclic carbon atoms and possessing specified               
          extractant properties, and (B) one or more branched chain                    
          aliphatic or aliphatic-aromatic esters having 10 to 30 carbon                

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