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                 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                                              is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 17                                                                                                   


                                  UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                          
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                                        BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                           
                                                     AND INTERFERENCES                                                               
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                                    Ex parte JOSEPH A. ABOAF, EDWARD V. DENISON,                                                     
                                    JULES D. FRIEDMAN, and VINCENT N. KAHWATY                                                        
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                                                      Appeal No. 1998-0261                                                           
                                                   Application No. 08/438,319                                                        
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                                                            ON BRIEF                                                                 
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               Before HAIRSTON, JERRY SMITH, and BLANKENSHIP, Administrative Patent Judges.                                          

               BLANKENSHIP, 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 1-8, all the claims in the application.                                                                        

                       We affirm-in-part.                                                                                            










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