Ex parte PATTERSON - Page 1




                                    THIS OPINION WAS NOT WRITTEN FOR PUBLICATION                                                                        

                          The opinion in support of the decision being entered                                                                          
                          today (1) was not written for publication in a law                                                                            
                          journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the                                                                               
                          Board.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                Paper No. 31                            
                                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                        
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                                             BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                         
                                                            AND INTERFERENCES                                                                           
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                                                  Ex parte A. STEVEN PATTERSON                                                                          
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                                                          Appeal No. 1998-2001                                                                          
                                                    Application No. 08/408,688                                                                          
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                                                                    ON BRIEF                                                                            
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                 Before ABRAMS, STAAB, and MCQUADE, Administrative Patent                                                                               
                 Judges.                                                                                                                                
                 ABRAMS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                                   


                                                           DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                           
                          This is an appeal from the decision of the examiner                                                                           
                 finally rejecting claims 31-49,  which constitute all of the1                                                                              

                          1An amendment to claim 48 was entered after the final                                                                         
                 rejection, as a result of which the examiner withdrew                                                                                  
                 rejections of claims 48 and 49 under 35 U.S.C.  112, second                                                                           
                 paragraph, and 35 U.S.C.  102(b).                                                                                                     





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