Ex parte FONTANA et al. - Page 1




                                    THIS OPINION WAS NOT WRITTEN FOR PUBLICATION                                   
             The opinion in support of the decision entered today (1) was not written for publication in a law journal and (2) is
             not binding precedent of the Board.                                                                   
                                                                                           Paper No. 33            
                             UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                             
                                              __________________                                                   
                                 BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                
                                             AND INTERFERENCES                                                     
                                              __________________                                                   
                                      Ex parte ROBERT E. FONTANA, Jr.,                                             
                                    LINDA H. LANE, MASON L. WILLIAMS, III                                          
                                       and CELIA E. YEACK-SCRANTON                                                 
                                              __________________                                                   
                                              Appeal No. 1998-0596                                                 
                                             Application 08/259,3701                                               
                                               ________________                                                    
                                                    ON BRIEF                                                       
                                               ________________                                                    
             Before McKELVEY, Senior Administrative Patent Judge, and LEE and MEDLEY,                              
             Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                         
             LEE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                     
                                             DECISION ON APPEAL                                                    

                    This is a decision on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the examiner’s rejection of            
             appellants’ claims 1-4, 20-22, 24-34, 36-43, and 45-55.  Claims 1, 17 and 25 are                      
             independent claims.  Claims 5-19, 23, 35 and 44 have been canceled.  No claim has been                
             allowed.                                                                                              





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