Ex parte BLACKWELL 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          not written for publication and is not binding precedent of                 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. 23              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                 AND INTERFERENCES                                    
                       Ex parte KIM J. BLACKWELL, PEI C. CHEN,                        
               ALLAN R. KNOLL, LUIS J. MATIENZO and RICHARD D. WEALE                  
                                Appeal No. 1997-3314                                  
                               Application 08/266,783                                 
                                      ON BRIEF                                        

          Before WARREN, OWENS and DELMENDO, Administrative Patent                    
          OWENS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is an appeal from the examiner’s final rejection of               
          claims 1-4 and 6-13, which are all of the claims remaining in               
          the application.                                                            
                                    THE INVENTION                                     
               Appellants’ claimed invention is directed toward a                     


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