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                          journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the                                                                               
                                                                                                                Paper No. 31                            
                                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                        
                                             BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                         
                                                            AND INTERFERENCES                                                                           

                                                  Ex parte A. STEVEN PATTERSON                                                                          
                                                          Appeal No. 1998-2001                                                                          
                                                    Application No. 08/408,688                                                                          
                                                                    ON BRIEF                                                                            

                 Before ABRAMS, STAAB, and MCQUADE, Administrative Patent                                                                               
                 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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