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          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          publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 34              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                              Ex parte A. P. SHEPHERD                                 
                                   JOHN M. STEINKE                                    
                                Appeal No. 1997-3073                                  
                             Application No. 07/953,680                               
                               HEARD: DECEMBER 7, 2000                                

          Before THOMAS, HAIRSTON, and BLANKENSHIP, Administrative                    
          Patent Judges.                                                              
          HAIRSTON, Administrative Patent Judge.                                      

               The present application is a continuation-in-part (C-I-P)              
          of Application No. 07/313,911.  In a decision rendered in the               
          07/313,911 application, the Board affirmed the obviousness                  
          rejection of claims 1 through 12 that were directed to a                    

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