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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               journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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.39                            

                                  UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                        


                                       BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                          
                                                    AND INTERFERENCES                                                              

                                               Ex parte BRENT A. FAIRBANKS                                                         

                                                     Appeal No. 1996-4089                                                          
                                                    Application 08/227,2931                                                        

                                                           ON BRIEF                                                                

               Before KRASS, BARRETT, and FRAHM, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                     

               FRAHM, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                 

                                                    DECISION ON APPEAL                                                             

                       Appellant has appealed to the Board from the examiners’ final rejection of claims 17, 18, and               

               20 to 26, which constitute all of the pending claims in the application before us on appeal.  Claims 1 to           

               16 and 19 have been canceled.                                                                                       

                       Application for patent filed April 13, 1994.  According to appellant, the application is a continuation of1                                                                                                          
               Application 07/968,593, filed October 29, 1992, now abandoned.                                                      

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