Ex parte SOMMERFELDT 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          not written for publication and is not binding precedent of                 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 FRANK A. SOMMERFELDT                             
                                and JAMES B. JORNLIN                                  
                                Appeal No. 1997-3264                                  
                               Application 08/501,769                                 
                                      ON BRIEF                                        
          Before KIMLIN, PAK and OWENS, Administrative Patent Judges.                 
          OWENS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is an appeal from the examiner’s final rejection of               
          claims 1-7.  Claim 8, which is the only other claim remaining               
          in the application, has been objected to as being dependent                 
          upon a rejected base claim, but the examiner states that this               
          claim would be allowable if rewritten in independent form                   
          including all of the limitations of the base claim and any                  


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