Ex parte VERONESI 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              written for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 38                         

                               UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                   
                                    BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                     
                                                AND INTERFERENCES                                                          
                                            Ex parte PAOLO A. VERONESI                                                     
                                               and ANNA M. VERONESI                                                        
                                                 Appeal No. 1997-4344                                                      
                                                 Application 08/380,218                                                    
                                                       ON BRIEF                                                            
              Before WINTERS, WILLIAM F. SMITH, and ADAMS, Administrative Patent Judges.                                   
              WILLIAM F. SMITH, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                               

                                                DECISION ON APPEAL                                                         
                     This is a decision in an appeal under 35 U.S.C. § 134 from the examiner's final                       
              rejection of claims 1 through 13, all the claims pending in the application.  Claims 1 and 11                
              are representative of the subject matter on appeal and read as follows:                                      
                     1.  A programmed-release ambroxol·HCl pharmaceutical dosage form, comprising                          
              a plurality of inert core microgranules of a variety of particle sizes ranging from 0.3 to 1.2               
              mm, said inert core microgranules being coated with multiple alternating                                     


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