Ex parte CROON et al. - Page 1

                       The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was not written                                                       
                       for publication in a law journal and is not binding precedent of the Board.                                                      

                                                                                                                    Paper No. 21                        

                                         UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                      
                                               BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                       
                                                              AND INTERFERENCES                                                                         
                                          Ex parte LARS CROON and BERTIL ERIKSSON                                                                       
                                                           Appeal No. 1998-1942                                                                         
                                                      Application No. 08/530,254                                                                        
                                                                      ON BRIEF1                                                                         
                 Before McCANDLISH, Senior Administrative Patent Judge, NASE and                                                                        
                 GONZALES, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                                                
                 NASE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                                     

                          1On March 21, 2000, the appellants waived the oral                                                                            
                 hearing (see Paper No. 20) scheduled for April 5, 2000.  We                                                                            
                 also note that the appellants have filed a request for refund                                                                          
                 (Paper No. 18, filed June 10, 1998) of the $135 oral hearing                                                                           
                 fee charged to their deposit account on January 5, 1998.  The                                                                          
                 fee history records of the application does not indicate that                                                                          
                 the $135 check for the oral hearing (Check No. 17328) was ever                                                                         
                 processed.  However, the fee history records of the                                                                                    
                 application does indicate that the $135 oral hearing fee was                                                                           
                 credited back to the appellants deposit account on April 20,                                                                           
                 1998.  The examiner should ensure that all required fees in                                                                            
                 this application have been paid and that all excess fees have                                                                          
                 been refunded.                                                                                                                         

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