Ex parte GRAAB et al. - 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              today was not written for publication and is not binding                
                              precedent of the Board.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. 18              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                                    _____________                                     
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                 AND INTERFERENCES                                    
                                    _____________                                     
                              Ex parte GERHARD GRAAB,                                 
                                   KLAUS HECKEL,                                      
                                   DIETER RISCHER,                                    
                                   THORSTEN NAHE,                                     
                                        and                                           
                                   HELMUT GRUNHAG                                     
                                    _____________                                     
                                Appeal No. 1998-1002                                  
                             Application No. 08/390,175                               
                                   ______________                                     
                                      ON BRIEF                                        
                                   _______________                                    

          Before KIMLIN, JOHN D. SMITH, and LIEBERMAN, Administrative                 
          Patent Judges.                                                              
          LIEBERMAN, Administrative Patent Judge.                                     

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
          This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the decision                   
          of the examiner refusing to allow claims 1 through 14 as                    
          amended subsequent to the final rejection, which are all the                


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