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                        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          for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the    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. 33           
                        UNITED STATES BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                         
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
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                               Ex parte  V. N. M. RAO                                 
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                                Appeal No. 1997-1820                                  
                             Application No. 08/313,9411                              
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                                      ON BRIEF                                        
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          Before McKELVEY, Senior Administrative Patent Judge, and                    
          SCHAFER and GARDNER-LANE, Administrative Patent Judges.                     

          GARDNER-LANE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                  


                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               Applicant seeks review under 35 U.S.C.  134 of the                    
          examiner's final rejection of claims 1-13, 17-21, 23, and 24.               
          We REVERSE.                                                                 
                                     BACKGROUND                                       
               The claimed invention is directed toward a process for                 
          the catalytic hydrogenolysis of certain fluorohalohydrocarbon               
          or fluorohalocarbon compounds using a metal on a carbon                     

             Application for patent filed 27 September 1994.1                                                                        





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