Ex parte MONTANA 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               not written for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding    
               precedent of the Board.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. 18          
                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                     Ex parte PETER A. MONTANA and PETER B. WALSH                     
                                 Appeal No. 1997-2781                                 
                              Application No. 08/422,348                              
                                       ON BRIEF                                       
          Before McCANDLISH, Senior Administrative Patent Judge, ABRAMS,              
          and GONZALES, Administrative Patent Judges.                                 
          McCANDLISH, Senior Administrative Patent Judge.                             

                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on an appeal from the examiner’s final              
          rejection of claims 1 through 18.  No other claims are pending              
          in the application.                                                         
               Appellants’ invention relates to a screen door having a                
          flexible screen (25) and a rigid, transparent protective cover              

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