Ex parte REISCH 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           for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 16         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                                Ex parte JOHN W. REISCH                               
                                  RICHARD J. FEEGEL,                                  
                                  and CURTIS P. SMITH                                 
                                 Appeal No. 1997-1991                                 
                              Application No. 08/376,270                              
                                       ON BRIEF                                       
          Before WARREN, OWENS, and KRATZ, Administrative Patent Judges.              
          KRATZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         

                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's final                 
          rejection of claims 1 through 6 and 8 through 21, which are                 
          all of the claims pending in this application.                              
               At the outset, we note that the present application was                
          filed as a continuation-in-part of U.S. application No.                     
          08/265,369, which parent application was filed on June 24,                  

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