Ex parte LEBLANS et al. - Page 1




          The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was not written for
                   publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.             
                                                            Paper No. 17              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                                   _____________                                      
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                 AND INTERFERENCES                                    
                                   _____________                                      
                               Ex parte PAUL LEBLANS,                                 
                                   PETER WILLEMS,                                     
                                    LUC STRUYE,                                       
                               JOHANN-MARTIN SPAETH,                                  
                                        and                                           
                                    THOMAS PAWLIK                                     
                                    _____________                                     
                                Appeal No. 1997-2937                                  
                             Application No. 08/420,562                               
                                   ______________                                     
                               HEARD: NOVEMBER 16, 2000                               
                                   _______________                                    

          Before PAK, WALTZ, and TIERNEY, Administrative Patent Judges.               
          WALTZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the                       
          examiner’s refusal to allow claims 1 through 3, 5 through 8,                
          11 through 13 and 15 through 18 as amended subsequent to the                
          final rejection (see the amendment dated July 1, 1996, Paper                
          No. 8, entered as                                                           







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