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                The opinion in support of the decision being entered                  
              today was not written for publication and is not binding                
                               precedent of the Board.                                
                                                            Paper No. 21              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                                    _____________                                     
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                                    _____________                                     
                            Ex parte RICHARD A. BLANCHARD                             
                                    _____________                                     
                                Appeal No. 1998-2897                                  
                             Application No. 08/749,381                               
                                   ______________                                     
                                      ON BRIEF                                        
                                   _______________                                    

          Before HAIRSTON, JERRY SMITH, and GROSS, Administrative Patent              
          Judges.                                                                     
          HAIRSTON, Administrative Patent Judge.                                      

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is an appeal from the final rejection of claims                   
          1 through 20.  In an Amendment After Final (paper number 14),               
          claims 1 and 8 were amended.  According to the examiner (paper              
          number 15), the amendment had the effect of overcoming the                  
          rejection of claims 1 through 13 under the first paragraph of               
          35 U.S.C.  112.                                                            

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