Ex parte HAMILTON 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               journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 20                        

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                   Ex parte BRADLEY W. HAMILTON, JOHN W. SLATTERY                     
                                 and KERRY J. MONROE                                  
                                Appeal No. 1998-0613                                  
                               Application 08/554,998                                 
                                      ON BRIEF                                        
          Before THOMAS, FLEMING and HECKER, Administrative Patent                    
          HECKER, Administrative Patent Judge.                                        

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
          This is a decision on the appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134                      
          from the Examiner’s rejection of claims 76 through 83.  Claims              
          84 through 86 have been withdrawn from consideration as being               
          directed to a non-elected invention.  This constitutes all the              


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