Ex parte VAN DER PUTTEN 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          (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 35              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                 AND INTERFERENCES                                    
                       Ex parte ANDREAS M.T.P. VAN DER PUTTEN,                        
                    NICOLAAS P. WILLARD, LAMBERTUS G.J. FOKKINK,                      
                                 and IVO G.J. CAMPS                                   
                                Appeal No. 1997-2919                                  
                             Application No. 08/573,921                               
                                      ON BRIEF                                        

          Before WINTERS, CAROFF, and LIEBERMAN, Administrative Patent                
          CAROFF, Administrative Patent Judge.                                        

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               Appellants appeal the examiner’s final rejection of                    
          claims 2-7 and 9, all of the claims remaining in appellants’                


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