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              publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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                                                  
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                                   BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                     
                                               AND INTERFERENCES                                                          
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                                     Ex parte NOEL ROLON, WILLIAM PAGELS,                                                 
                                                and RICHARD EGAN                                                          
                                                                                                                         
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                                                Appeal No. 1997-0881                                                      
                                              Application No. 08/367,508                                                  
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                                                       ON BRIEF                                                           
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              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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