Ex parte GROSS et al. - Page 1




                    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           for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 18         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
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                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
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                Ex parte ANDREW L. GROSS, MARK E. HILL, GERALD D. JOHN,               
                      CHARLEY D. LILLARD, and DOUGLAS E. TORRENS                      
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                                 Appeal No. 1997-3425                                 
                              Application No. 08/087,824                              
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                                       ON BRIEF                                       
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          Before, JERRY SMITH, BARRETT, and BARRY, Administrative Patent              
          Judges.                                                                     
          BARRY, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         



                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on the appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134                 
          from the final rejection of claims 1, 3, 4, 6-8, and 10-13.                 
          We reverse.                                                                 










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