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                    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           for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 25         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                               Ex parte RANVIR S. VIRDI                               
                                 Appeal No. 1997-3644                                 
                              Application No. 08/442,633                              
                                       ON BRIEF                                       
          Before JOHN D. SMITH, LIEBERMAN, and KRATZ, Administrative                  
          Patent Judges.                                                              
          KRATZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         
                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's final                 
          rejection of claims 11-20, which are all of the claims pending              
          in this application.                                                        
               Appellant's invention relates to a rubber vulcanization                
          process.  According to appellant, nitrosamines production is                
          minimized in such a process via the use of an accelerating or               
          vulcanizing effective amount of a compound having a group of                

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