Ex parte HOUGHTEN et al. - Page 1

                                     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                                     written for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board                                         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. 27                          
                                    UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                  
                                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                   
                                                        AND INTERFERENCES                                                                      
                                                  Ex parte RICHARD A. HOUGHTEN                                                                 
                                                       and CLEMENCIA PINILLA                                                                   
                                                         Appeal No. 1997-0093                                                                  
                                                      Application No. 08/157,562                                                               
                                                      Heard: November 14, 2000                                                                 
                     Before WINTERS, ROBINSON, and ADAMS, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                        
                     ADAMS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                       

                                                        DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                     
                             This is a decision on the appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the examiner’s                                        
                     final rejection of claims 1-29, which are all the claims pending in the application.                                      
                             Claim 1 is illustrative of the subject matter on appeal and is reproduced                                         

                             1.  A dimeric oligopeptide mixture set comprised of dimer molecules having                                        
                             two bonded portions in which the oligopeptide chains of a first oligopeptide                                      
                             portion are bonded by a disulfide bond to the oligopeptide chains of a                                            
                             second oligopeptide mixture portion, wherein                                                                      

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