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                                            THIS OPINION WAS NOT WRITTEN FOR PUBLICATION                                                                                               
                     The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was                                                                                                    
                     not written for publication is not binding precedent of the                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                 Paper No. 29                                          
                                               UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                                               
                                                      BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                                               
                                                                         AND INTERFERENCES                                                                                             
                                                              Ex parte J. RICHARD AYLWARD                                                                                              
                                                                     Appeal No. 1997-3182                                                                                              
                                                                   Application 08/254,643                                                                                              
                                                                                  ON BRIEF1                                                                                            
                     Before THOMAS, HAIRSTON and JERRY SMITH, Administrative Patent                                                                                                    
                     THOMAS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                                                              

                                                                        DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                                             

                                Appellant has appealed to the Board from the examiner's                                                                                                
                     final rejection of claims 1, 8, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 27.  The                                                                                                       

                                1 This appeal was set for oral hearing on Wednesday,                                                                                                   
                     November 15, 2000.  Appellant was informed by Administrator                                                                                                       
                     Craig Feinberg on Tuesday, November 14, 2000 that there was no                                                                                                    
                     need for appellant's representative to attend the oral hearing                                                                                                    
                     since the panel that was assigned to the hearing had decided                                                                                                      
                     to reverse all rejections on appeal.                                                                                                                              

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