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                                 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               journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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.32                            

                                  UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                        

                                       BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                          
                                                    AND INTERFERENCES                                                              

                                    Ex parte BRIAN W. WOODMAN and JOHN F. HALL                                                     

                                                     Appeal No. 1997-3205                                                          
                                                     Application 08/389,545                                                        

                                                 HEARD: JANUARY 11, 2000                                                           

               Before JERRY SMITH, FLEMING, and FRAHM, Administrative Patent Judges.                                               

               FRAHM, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                 

                                                    DECISION ON APPEAL                                                             

                       Appellants have appealed to the Board from the examiner’s final rejection of claims 1 to 10,                

               which constitute all of the pending claims in the application before us on appeal.                                  


                       The subject matter on appeal is directed to a method for generating an uncertainty index                    

               corresponding to a degree of corrosion or failure of a tube array in a steam generator of a nuclear                 

               power plant using a statistical computation model (see specification, pages 1 to 2; Brief, pages 3 to 5).           


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