Ex parte NOGAR - 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           for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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                       
                           BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                               Ex parte NICHOLAS S. NOGAR                              
                                  Appeal No. 1997-1861                                 
                               Application No. 08/412,235                              
                                        ON BRIEF                                       
          Before WARREN, KRATZ, and DELMENDO, Administrative Patent                    
          KRATZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                          

                                   DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's refusal                
          to allow claims 1-3, 5-8 and 10, which are all of the claims                 
          pending in this application.                                                 
               Appellant's invention relates to a method of determining                
          the amount of lead in a liquid blood sample.  An understanding               

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