Ex parte GRIMM 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                                   for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 31                        

                                         UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                      
                                               BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                       
                                                              AND INTERFERENCES                                                                         
                                  Ex parte DANIEL J. GRIMM and MARK S. LEUENBERGER                                                                      
                                                           Appeal No. 1997-3797                                                                         
                                                      Application No. 08/121,820                                                                        
                                                                      ON BRIEF1                                                                         
                 Before COHEN, NASE, and JENNIFER D. BAHR, Administrative Patent                                                                        

                 NASE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                                     

                                                             DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                         
                          This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's final                                                                        
                 rejection of claims 25 to 41, which are all of the claims                                                                              
                 pending in this application.2                                                                                                          

                          1On August 28, 2000, the appellants waived the oral                                                                           
                 hearing (see Paper No. 30) scheduled for October 11, 2000.                                                                             
                          2The appellants have stated (brief, pp. 5 and 13) that                                                                        
                 claim 36 is identical to claim 30 and should be cancelled.                                                                             

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