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               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                       (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 18              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
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                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
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               Ex parte NOEL R.M. DE KEYZER and GEERT E.A. VERMUNICHT                 
                                   _____________                                      
                                Appeal No. 1997-0833                                  
                             Application No. 08/363,438                               
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                                      ON BRIEF                                        
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          Before JOHN D. SMITH, WALTZ and ROBINSON, Administrative Patent             
          Judges.                                                                     
          JOHN D. SMITH, Administrative Patent Judge.                                 

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is an appeal pursuant to 35 U.S.C.  134 from the final           
          rejection of claims 1 through 10 and 13.                                    
               The subject matter on appeal relates to a releasable                   
          pressure sensitive adhesive composition.  Appellants explain in             
          the specification (page 1, lines 8 through 20) that                         
               Releasable pressure sensitive adhesives are used in                    
               numerous applications wherein tackiness and remova-                    
               bility without leaving traces of adhesives on the                      


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