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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               not written for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding    
               precedent of the Board.                                                
                                                                 Paper No. 21         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                                Ex parte JOHN K. FORTIN                               
                                 Appeal No. 1996-4071                                 
                              Application No. 08/292,692                              
                                       ON BRIEF                                       
          Before GARRIS, 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 claim 1, which is the only claim pending in this               
               Appellant's invention relates to a method of producing an              
          open-ended container from a sheet of unoriented thermoplastic               
          material. In appellant's formation process a biaxially                      

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