Ex parte ROLON 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              publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 12                        
                               UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                  
                                   BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                     
                                               AND INTERFERENCES                                                          
                                     Ex parte NOEL ROLON, WILLIAM PAGELS,                                                 
                                                and RICHARD EGAN                                                          
                                                Appeal No. 1997-0881                                                      
                                              Application No. 08/367,508                                                  
                                                       ON BRIEF                                                           
              Before WINTERS, WILLIAM F. SMITH, and ROBINSON, Administrative Patent Judges.                               
              ROBINSON, 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 1-5 and 8-10, all of the claims pending in the case.                                    
                     Claim 1 is illustrative of the subject matter on appeal and reads as follows:                        
                     1.     A method of making more than one punchout from a single dried blood spot,                     
              the method comprising the steps of:                                                                         
                     making a first punchout in said dried blood spot, said first punchout having first                   
              boundaries; and                                                                                             

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