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               The opinion in support of the decision being entered                   
               today was not written for publication and is not                       
               precedent of the Board.                                                
                                                       Paper No. 20                   

                     UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                        
                                  ________________                                    
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                                  ________________                                    
              Ex parte GEORG GARTNER, PETER GEITTNER and ERNST KLEIN                  
                                  ________________                                    
                                Appeal No. 1998-1869                                  
                               Application 08/688,423                                 
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                                      ON BRIEF                                        
                                  ________________                                    
          Before JERRY SMITH, LALL and GROSS, Administrative Patent                   
          Judges.                                                                     
          JERRY SMITH, Administrative Patent Judge.                                   


                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
          This is a decision on the appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134                      
          from the examiner’s final rejection of claims 1, 2 and 4-8.                 
          Claim 3 was indicated as containing allowable subject matter.               
          In response to the appeal brief, the examiner withdrew the                  
          rejection of claims 5-8.  Accordingly, this appeal is now                   
          limited to the rejection of claims 1, 2 and 4.                              
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