Ex parte HOOPINGARNER 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          was not written for publication and is not binding precedent                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. 14              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                 AND INTERFERENCES                                    
                  Ex parte NEIL L. HOOPINGARNER and BARRY D. MATIN                    
                                Appeal No. 1998-1308                                  
                               Application 08/469,397                                 
                                      ON BRIEF                                        

          Before COHEN, PATE, MCQUADE, Administrative Patent Judges.                  
          PATE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                          

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is an appeal from the final rejection of claims 1,                
          3, 4, 6, and 7.  These are the only claims remaining in the                 
               The claimed invention is directed to a rigid foam board                
          used as the peripheral core in a sandwich panel.  The foam                  


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