Ex parte WEISEMANN 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                                              and is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 28               
                                  UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                     
                                       BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                       
                                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                                            
                                  Ex parte CLAUS WEISEMANN, WOLFGANG KREISS,                                                    
                                       HANS-GEORG RAST and GUNTHER EBERZ                                                        
                                                    Appeal No. 1997-3898                                                        
                                                 Application No. 08/116,3821                                                    
                                                 HEARD: November 16, 2000                                                       
               Before ROBINSON, SPIEGEL, and SCHEINER, Administrative Patent Judges.                                            
               SPIEGEL, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                            

                                                   DECISION ON APPEAL                                                           
                      This is a decision on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the examiner's final                              
               rejection of claims 8 through 17, which are all of the claims pending in this application.                       
               Claim 8 is illustrative and reads as follows.                                                                    
                              8.  An analytic process for testing for the presence of toxic                                     
                      components in a mixture of components, said process comprising                                            
                      separating said mixture into separate components by chromatography in a                                   
                      chromatographic system, directly contacting a separated component with a                                  

                      1Application for patent filed September 2, 1993.                                                          

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