Ex parte BACON 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                    for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.                                                     
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                                         UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                      
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                                               BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                       
                                                              AND INTERFERENCES                                                                         
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                          Ex parte KINNEY C. BACON, HAMAN R. THOMAS, DAVID B. LETT,                                                                     
                                         ROBERT O. BANKER, AND MICHAEL P. HARNEY                                                                        
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                                                           Appeal No. 1998-0460                                                                         
                                                      Application No. 08/480,765                                                                        
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                                                                      ON BRIEF1                                                                         
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                 Before THOMAS, BARRETT, and BARRY, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                       
                 BARRY, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                                    



                                                             DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                         
                          This is a decision on the appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134                                                                        
                 from the final rejection of claims 12-63 and 68-70.  We                                                                                
                 affirm-in-part.                                                                                                                        


                          1The oral hearing set for February 22, 2000 was waived                                                                        
                 by appellants in the facsimile communication received on                                                                               
                 February 1, 2000.                                                                                                                      





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