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                The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was not written for                   
                publication in a law journal and is not binding precedent of the Board.                          

                                                                                   Paper No. 18                  

                            UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                            
                                BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                               
                                            AND INTERFERENCES                                                    
                                          Ex parte JILL A. PANETTA,                                              
                                     MICHAEL L. PHILLIPS, JON K. REEL,                                           
                                   JOHN K. SHADLE, SANDRA K. SIGMUND,                                            
                                RICHARD L. SIMON and CELIA A. WHITESITT                                          
                                             Appeal No. 1997-2741                                                
                                             Application 08/213,873                                              
                                                   ON BRIEF                                                      
                Before WINTERS, ROBINSON, and GRIMES, Administrative Patent Judges.                              
                GRIMES, 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 -8.  Claim 9, the other pending claim in the application,1           
                is not subject to any outstanding rejection.                                                     

                1 Originally, the application contained claims 1-24, all of which were rejected by the examiner.  An
                amendment after the final rejection, canceling claims 10-24, was received on September 4, 1996,  
                and approved for entry by the examiner.  The amendment, however, was never entered.  Upon        
                return of this case, the examiner should see to it that this amendment is properly entered.      

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