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                           The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was not                                                           
                           written for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.                                                           


                                                                                                                Paper No. 17                            


                                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                        

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                                             BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                         
                                                            AND INTERFERENCES                                                                           
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                                                      Ex parte JOE S. O'CONNER                                                                          
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                                                          Appeal No. 1997-1317                                                                          
                                                    Application No. 08/371,9951                                                                         
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                                                                    ON BRIEF                                                                            
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                 Before MARTIN, FLEMING, and BLANKENSHIP, Administrative Patent                                                                         
                 Judges.                                                                                                                                
                 MARTIN, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                                   

                                                           DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                           
                                   This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the                                                                     
                 examiner's final rejection of claims 1-12, all of the pending                                                                          
                 claims, under 35 U.S.C.  102 and 103.  We affirm.                                                                                    

                           Application for patent filed January 12, 1995.1                                                                                                                           





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