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          Appeal No. 1997-0144                                                        
          Application No. 08/424,223                                                  

               so rejected or a showing of facts relating to the                      
               claims so rejected, or both, and have the matter                       
               reconsidered by the examiner, in which event the                       
               application will be remanded to the examiner. . . .                    
               (2)  Request that the application be reheard under                     
                1.197(b) by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences            
               upon the same record. . . .                                            
               No time period for taking any subsequent action in                     
          connection with this appeal may be extended under 37 CFR                    
           1.136(a).                                                                 

          This application, by virtue of its "special" status,                        
          requires immediate action, see MPEP  708.01 (7th Edition,                  
          Rev. 1, Feb. 2000).                                                         
                           REVERSED; 1.196(b) and REMANDED                            

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