Ex parte SUDHAKAR 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           for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 30         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                   Ex parte CHAKKA SUDHAKAR, FRANK DOLFINGER, JR.,                    
                                   and MAX R. CESAR                                   
                                 Appeal No. 1997-3632                                 
                              Application No. 08/248,565                              
                                       ON BRIEF                                       

          Before OWENS, KRATZ, and TIMM, Administrative Patent Judges.                
          KRATZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         

                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's final                 
          rejection of claims 2-4, 16 and 17, which are all of the                    
          claims pending in this application.                                         
               Appellants' invention relates to a catalytic method of                 
          hydrotreating hydrocarbons to remove nitrogen and sulfur                    
          therefrom.  Appellants indicate (brief, page 4) that dependent              

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