Ex parte TOBIAS - 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                                   (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 11                     
                           UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                          
                                BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                            
                                           AND INTERFERENCES                                                  
                                         Ex parte JOHN M. TOBIAS                                              
                                            Appeal No. 1998-2902                                              
                                         Application No. 08/452,107                                           
                                                 ON BRIEF                                                     
            Before KRASS, HECKER and GROSS,  Administrative Patent Judges.                                    
            KRASS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                               

                                           DECISION ON APPEAL                                                 
                   This is a decision on appeal from the final rejection of claims 1-18, all of the claims    
            pending in the application.                                                                       
                   The invention is directed to an electrical grounding device best illustrated by            
            reference to representative independent claim 1, reproduced as follows:                           


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