Ex parte VANDENABEELE - 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           for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 17         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                             Ex parte HUBERT VANDENABEELE                             
                                 Appeal No. 1997-0421                                 
                              Application No. 08/304,485                              
                                 HEARD: March 06, 2000                                
          Before KIMLIN, PAK, and KRATZ, Administrative Patent Judges.                
          KRATZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         

                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's final                 
          rejection of claims 1 through 13, which are all of the claims               
          pending in this application.                                                
               The appellant's invention relates to a light sensitive                 
          silver halide material having a protective layer.  According                
          to appellant, a protective antistress gelatin layer containing              
          a synthetic clay is employed with a polyoxyalkylene antistatic              
          agent added as part of that layer or, alternatively, with the               

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