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                                     The opinion in support of the decision being entered today                                 
                                 was not written for publication and is not binding precedent of                                
                                 the Board.                                                                                     
                                                                                          Paper No. 24                          

                                  UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                     
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                                       BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                       
                                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                                            
                                                      _______________                                                           

                                           Ex parte ELIZABETH J. GLADFELTER,                                                    
                                        TINA D. OUTLAW, JAMES L. COPELAND,                                                      
                                        RHONDA K. SCHULTZ, DANIEL K. BOCHE                                                      
                                                    and JEFF PETERSON                                                           
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                                                    Appeal No. 1997-0043                                                        
                                                    Application 08/071,596                                                      
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                                                 HEARD: September 12, 2000                                                      
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               Before KIMLIN, WARREN and DELMENDO, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                

               WARREN, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                             
                                               Decision on Appeal and Opinion                                                   
                      This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the decision of the examiner finally rejecting               
               claims 1 through 5, 8 through 12 and 14 through 25, and refusing to allow claims 6, 7 and 13 as                  
               amended subsequent to the final rejection.  Appellants cancelled claims 26 through 35.  Thus, claims 1           
               through 25 are before us on appeal, which are all of the claims in the application.1                             

                                                                                                                                
               1  See specification, pages 47-50, and the amendments of August 3, 1992 and December 28, 1992                    
               (application 07/699,662, Papers No. 4 and 10) and of February 4, 1994 and October 11, 1994                       
               (present application, Papers No. 17 and 24).                                                                     

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