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                                                            Paper No. 22              


                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
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                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
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                               Ex Parte ROGER M. BURGE                                
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                                Appeal No. 1998-2667                                  
                               Application 08/668,971                                 
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                                      ON BRIEF                                        
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          Before, OWENS, WALTZ and JEFFREY T. SMITH, Administrative                   
          Patent Judges.                                                              
          JEFFREY T. SMITH, Administrative Patent Judge.                              
                      Decision on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134                        
               Appellant appeals the decision of the Primary Examiner                 
          rejecting claims 1-14 and 16-19, all the claims in the                      
          application.  We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  134.                   
                                     BACKGROUND                                       
               The invention is drawn to a nixtamalization process and                
          the product produced thereby.  Nixtamalization is a process                 
          whereby whole or ground corn is treated with an alkali to                   







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