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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                                     was not written for publication and is not binding precedent of                                           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. 14                              

                                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                

                                            BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                 
                                                         AND INTERFERENCES                                                                     

                                                 Ex parte V.N. MALLIKARJUNA RAO                                                                

                                                          Appeal No. 1997-1959                                                                 
                                                          Application 08/351,908                                                               

                                                                 ON BRIEF                                                                      

                Before KIMLIN, WARREN and WALTZ, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                 

                WARREN, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                           
                                                            Decision on Appeal                                                                 
                         This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the decision of the examiner finally rejecting                           
                claims 1 through 17.  Claim 1 is illustrative of the claims on appeal:                                                         
                         1.  A process for the hydrogenolysis of 2,2-dichlorohexafluoropropane to 2,2-dihydro-                                 
                hexafluoropropane and 2-chloro-2-hydrohexafluoropropane which comprises                                                        
                         reacting said starting material with hydrogen at an elevated temperature of about 300C or                            
                less in the presence of a catalyst containing a catalytically effective amount of palladium supported on a                     
                support selected from the group consisting of fluorinated alumina, aluminum fluoride and mixtures                              

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