Ex parte STEINMETZ et al. - Page 1

                    THIS OPINION WAS NOT WRITTEN FOR PUBLICATION                      
          The opinion in support of the decision being entered today                  
          (1) was not written for publication in a law journal and                    
          (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.                                  
                                                            Paper No. 19              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                            Ex parte HANS W. STEINMETZ,                               
                                ALFRED MESSMER and                                    
                                    DIRK A. PETRY                                     
                                Appeal No. 1998-0402                                  
                             Application No. 08/490,046                               
                                      ON BRIEF                                        

          Before ABRAMS, FRANKFORT and McQUADE, Administrative Patent                 
          ABRAMS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                        

                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is an appeal from the decision of the examiner                    
          finally rejecting claims 1-5, which constitute all of the                   
          claims of record in the application.                                        


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