Ex parte KAPLAN 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          not written for publication and is not binding precedent of                 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. 22              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                    Ex parte DONALD S. KAPLAN, MATTHEW E. HERMES,                     
                 ROSS R. MUTH, DAVID L. BROWN and HENRY A. HOLZWARTH                  
                                Appeal No. 1997-3712                                  
                               Application 08/474,340                                 
                                      ON BRIEF                                        
          Before GARRIS, OWENS and SPIEGEL, Administrative Patent                     
          OWENS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is an appeal from the examiner’s final rejection of               
          claims 81-100, which are all of the claims remaining in the                 
                                    THE INVENTION                                     
               Appellants’ claimed invention is directed toward                       
          packaging of synthetic absorbable sutures.  Claim 81 is                     


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