Ex parte RYAN 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                   publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 14              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                             Ex parte JEFFREY M. RYAN,                                
                                 STEVEN M. FILLIPI,                                   
                                   THOMAS A. GALL                                     
                                Appeal No. 1997-3206                                  
                             Application No. 08/350,274                               
                                      ON BRIEF                                        

          Before HAIRSTON, BARRETT, and RUGGIERO, Administrative Patent               
          RUGGIERO, Administrative Patent Judge.                                      

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is a decision on the appeal from the final rejection              
          of claims 1-23, all of the claims pending in the present                    
          application.  An amendment after final rejection filed October              
          15, 1996, was approved for entry by the Examiner.                           
               The disclosed invention relates to a method and apparatus              

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