Ex parte STIPPICK - 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          (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 17              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                 AND INTERFERENCES                                    
                               Ex parte JOHN STIPPICK                                 
                                Appeal No. 1998-2242                                  
                             Application No. 08/430,937                               
                                      ON BRIEF                                        

          Before PATE, GONZALES, and BAHR, Administrative Patent Judges.              
          PATE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                          

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is an appeal from the final rejection of claims 3                 
          through 6, 10 and 12 through 18.  These are the only claims                 
          remaining in the application.                                               
               The claimed invention is directed to a method for                      
          supporting a tray in a mass or heat transfer apparatus such as              

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