Ex parte ENGST - 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           for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 23         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                                Ex parte WILHELM ENGST                                
                                 Appeal No. 1997-1122                                 
                              Application No. 08/170,177                              
                                 HEARD: March 08, 2000                                
          Before GARRIS, OWENS, and KRATZ, Administrative Patent Judges.              
          KRATZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         

                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's refusal               
          to allow claims 14, 15, 17, 20, 22-32, and 34 as amended after              
          the final rejection, which are all of the claims pending in                 
          this application.                                                           
               Appellant's invention is directed to an absorption mat                 
          for hydrocarbons in liquid, solid or paste form.  The mat                   
          includes a flat molded body of plate or block shape formed                  
          from elastomeric granulates or shavings that are joined in a                

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