Ex parte HINTZ et al. - Page 1

                                    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                          journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 19                                          

                                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                        
                                             BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                         
                                                            AND INTERFERENCES                                                                           
                                   Ex parte THOMAS E. HINTZ and KERRY C. TENBERG                                                                        
                                                          Appeal No. 1997-0243                                                                          
                                                        Application 08/168,976                                                                          
                                                                    ON BRIEF                                                                            
                 Before THOMAS, HAIRSTON and LALL, Administrative Patent                                                                                
                 LALL, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                                     

                                                           DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                           
                          This is an appeal from the final rejection  of claim 1,                    1                                                  
                 the sole pending claim.                                                                                                                

                          1An amendment after the final rejection was filed [Paper                                                                      
                 No. 8] and was approved for entry by the Examiner [Paper No.                                                                           

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