Ex parte SIMMONS - Page 1

          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          not written for publication and is not binding precedent of                 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. 22              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                 AND INTERFERENCES                                    
                              Ex parte JAMES A. SIMMONS                               
                                Appeal No. 1998-0795                                  
                             Application No. 08/482,639                               
                                      ON BRIEF                                        

          Before CALVERT, Administrative Patent Judge, McCANDLISH,                    
          Senior Administrative Patent Judge, and PATE, Administrative                
          Patent Judge.                                                               
          PATE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                          

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is an appeal from the examiner's refusal to allow                 
          claims 46, 48 and 50 through 58, as amended after the final                 
          rejection.  Claims 42, 45, 47 and 49, the rejections of which               
          were originally appealed, were canceled in the reply brief.                 


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