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                                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                                                    not binding precedent of the Board.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. 29               
                                   UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                       
                                        BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                         
                                                     AND INTERFERENCES                                                             
                                               Ex parte THOMAS W. OSBORN III                                                       
                                                       Appeal No. 1998-2794                                                        
                                                    Application No. 08/506,137                                                     
                                                  HEARD:  JANUARY 27, 2000                                                         
               Before ABRAMS, McQUADE, and BAHR, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                     
               BAHR, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                  

                                                     DECISION ON APPEAL                                                            
                       This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's final rejection of claims 1-3 and 5-12,                    
               which are all of the claims pending in this application.  We reverse.                                               
                       The appellant's invention relates to an absorbent article having, inter alia, a liquid                      
               pervious topsheet, a liquid impervious back sheet joined to the topsheet, an absorbent core                         
               between the topsheet and back sheet and a barrier adjacent a longitudinal side edge of the                          

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