Ex parte GRAY et al. - Page 1




                               THIS OPINION WAS NOT WRITTEN FOR PUBLICATION                                                           

               The opinion in support of the decision being entered today is not binding precedent of the Board.                      

                                                                                                        Paper No. 14                  

                                   UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                          
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                                        BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                            
                                                     AND INTERFERENCES                                                                
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                                       Ex parte RICHARD T. GRAY AND JUNKSIK LEE                                                       
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                                                      Appeal No. 1997-2330                                                            
                                                    Application No. 08/398,315                                                        
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                                                             ON BRIEF                                                                 
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               Before PAK, OWENS, and TIMM, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                             
               TIMM, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                     


                                                     DECISION ON APPEAL                                                               

                       This is a decision on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the Examiner's final rejection of claims               

               1-4, 7, and 8, which are all of the claims pending in this application.                                                



                                                         BACKGROUND                                                                   

                       The Appellants’ invention relates to an aqueous coating composition having extended open time                  

               and a method for extending the open time.  Claims 1 and 4 are representative of the subject matter on                  

               appeal and are reproduced below:                                                                                       






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