Ex Parte WARNES et al - Page 1




            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            written for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 25              


                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
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                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
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                             Ex parte BRUCE M. WARNES,                                
                                  DAVID C. PUNOLA,                                    
                                 JEFFERY S. SMITH,                                    
                                        and                                           
                                   DANIEL L. NEAR                                     
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                                Appeal No. 1997-2023                                  
                             Application No. 08/197,497                               
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                                      ON BRIEF                                        
                                   _______________                                    


          Before JOHN D. SMITH, WALTZ, and LIEBERMAN, Administrative Patent           
          Judges.                                                                     
          WALTZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the examiner’s            
          final rejection of claims 1 through 19.  Claims 20 through                  
          25, the only other claims pending in this application, stand                
          withdrawn from further consideration as directed to a nonelected            

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