Ex parte EICKEN et al. - Page 1

                                  The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was not written                  
                                  for publication in a law journal and is not binding precedent of the Board.                 

                                                                                                     Paper No. 21             

                                  UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                   

                                       BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                     
                                                    AND INTERFERENCES                                                         

                         Ex parte ULRICH EICKEN, RAYMOND MATHIS and NORBERT BIALAS                                            

                                                     Appeal No. 1997-3589                                                     
                                                  Application No. 08/117,013                                                  

                                                          ON BRIEF                                                            

              Before KIMLIN, JOHN D. SMITH and TIERNEY, Administrative Patent Judges.                                         
              TIERNEY, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                           

                                                    DECISION ON APPEAL                                                        

                      This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's final rejection of claims 11-28, which are all of      

              the claims pending in this application.                                                                         

                      We Reverse.                                                                                             

                                                        The Invention                                                         

                      The appellants' invention relates to a spin finish composition for lubricating synthetic filament       

              fibers (specification, p. 1).  A copy of the claims under appeal is set forth in the appendix to the            

              appellants' brief.  Independent claim 11 is illustrative of the invention and reads as follows:                 

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