Ex parte HABLE 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               journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 19                   

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                                  ________________                                    
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                 AND INTERFERENCES                                    
                                  ________________                                    
            Ex parte MARY R. HABLE, KAM W. LAW, CHRISTOPHER J. ZWETTLER,              
          R. GALEN McCREA JR., DAVID P. SMITH and JEFFREY W. McCUTCHEON               
                                  ________________                                    
                                Appeal No. 1997-2686                                  
                               Application 08/346,635                                 
                                  ________________                                    
                                      ON BRIEF                                        
                                  ________________                                    
          Before THOMAS, JERRY SMITH and FRAHM, Administrative Patent                 
          Judges.                                                                     
          JERRY SMITH, Administrative Patent Judge.                                   


                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is a decision on the appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134                 
          from the examiner’s final rejection of claims 1-18, which                   
          constituted all the claims in the application.  An amendment                
          after final rejection was filed on June 10, 1996 and was                    

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