Ex parte MONAHAN - Page 2




               Appeal No. 1998-2747                                                                                                  
               Application 08/427,203                                                                                                


                   1.196(b) and 37 CFR  1.197(b). Although these form paragraphs are not an essential or a                          

                   required part of a decision by this Board, it nevertheless has been a standing practice to include                

                   them in a decision containing one or more new grounds of rejection entered pursuant to 37                         

                   CFR  1.196(b). Accordingly, we hereby modify our original decision to include the following                      

                   form paragraphs:                                                                                                  

                           In addition to affirming the examiner’s rejection of one or more claims, this decision                    

                   contains a new ground of rejection pursuant to 37 CFR  1.196(b)(amended effective Dec. 1,                        

                   1997, by final rule notice, 62 Fed. Reg. 53,131, 53,197 (Oct. 10, 1997), 1203 Off. Gaz. Pat.                      

                   & Trademark Office 63,122 (Oct. 21, 1997)).  37 CFR  1.196(b) provides, “A new ground                            

                   of rejection shall not be considered final for purposes of judicial review.”                                      

                           Regarding any affirmed rejection, 37 CFR  1.197(b) provides:                                             

                           (b) Appellant may file a single request for rehearing within two months from the                          
                           date of the original decision . . . .                                                                     

                           37 CFR  1.196(b) also provides that the appellant, WITHIN TWO MONTHS                                     

                   FROM THE DATE OF THE DECISION, must exercise one of the following two options with                                

                   respect to the new ground of rejection to avoid termination of proceedings (37 CFR                                

                    1.197(c)) as to the rejected claims:                                                                            

                                   (1) Submit an appropriate amendment of the claims so rejected or a                                
                           showing of facts relating to the claims so rejected, or both, and have the matter                         
                           reconsidered by the examiner, in which event the application will be remanded                             

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