Ex parte KOBYLIVKER 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          not binding precedent of the Board.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. 17              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                   Ex parte PETER M. KOBYLIVKER, SIMON K. OFOSU,                      
                              SUSAN E. SHAWVER and ROGER L. LANCE                     
                                Appeal No. 1997-1795                                  
                               Application 08/442,617                                 
                                      ON BRIEF                                        

          Before KIMLIN, WALTZ and TIMM, Administrative Patent Judges.                
          KIMLIN, Administrative Patent Judge.                                        

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is an appeal from the final rejection of claims 6-11              
          and 14, all the claims remaining in the present application.                
          Claim 6 is illustrative:                                                    
               6.  A nonwoven fabric comprising a web of bondable                     
               thermoplastic polymer fibers comprised of a                            
               biconsti-tuent blend of from about 95 to 50 weight                     
               percent polypropylene having an isotacticity of at                     
               least 98 percent, and from about 5 to 50 weight                        
               percent of a                                                           

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