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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                          journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 11                                          

                                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                        
                                             BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                         
                                                            AND INTERFERENCES                                                                           
                                     Ex parte DEREK D. CHAPMAN, RAMANUJ GOSWAMI                                                                         
                                                           and CSABA A. KOVACS                                                                          
                                                          Appeal No. 1997-2271                                                                          
                                                        Application 08/588,969                                                                          
                                                                    ON BRIEF                                                                            
                 Before JOHN D. SMITH, OWENS and LORIN, Administrative Patent                                                                           
                 OWENS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                                    

                                                           DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                           
                          This is an appeal from the examiner’s rejection of claims                                                                     
                 1-5, which are all of the claims in the application.1                                                                                  

                          1The rejection appealed from is a first action rejection.                                                                     
                 However, because the subject matter on appeal is essentially                                                                           
                 the same as in the parent case and because the same references                                                                         

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