Ex parte EDWARDS et al. - Page 2

                 Appeal No. 1997-3906                                                                                                                   
                 Application No. 08/233,482                                                                                                             

                 being drawn to a nonelected invention.                                                                                                 
                          The subject matter on appeal relates to a process for the                                                                     
                 low-temperature extrusion coating of a substrate with a                                                                                
                 polyethylene film.  The process comprises applying a                                                                                   
                 composition to the substrate by extrusion coating at a                                                                                 
                 temperature in the range of 175E up to 290EC.  The composition                                                                         
                 comprises a polyethylene component having a melt index in the                                                                          
                 range of about 10 up to 100 dg per minute at 190EC and having                                                                          
                 a sufficiently broad molecular weight distribution so that the                                                                         
                 resulting composition is capable of being extrusion coated at                                                                          
                 a temperature in the range of 175EC up to 290EC.  This                                                                                 
                 composition also includes a hydrocarbon tackifying resin and a                                                                         
                 thermally sensitive, hygroscopic or hydrophilic additive.                                                                              
                 Further details of this appealed subject matter are set forth                                                                          
                 in illustrative independent claim 12 , a copy of which taken     1                                                                     
                 from the appellants’ brief is appended to this decision.                                                                               
                          The following references are relied upon by the examiner                                                                      

                          1In clause (c) of claim 12 and claim 25, it appears that                                                                      
                 “190EC” is a typographical error which should read --290EC--                                                                           
                 as reflected by the amendments filed November 30, 1992 and                                                                             
                 January 21, 1992 in parent application Serial No. 07/681,801.                                                                          
                 This apparent error should be verified and if necessary                                                                                
                 corrected in any further prosecution that may occur.                                                                                   

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