Ex parte TAGG - Page 4

                 Appeal No. 1998-3315                                                                                                                   
                 Application 08/739,065                                                                                                                 

                 has been rendered in that we do not have the benefit of the                                                                            
                 examiner’s input as to the merits of the amendments.1                                                                                  

                          Appellant’s request for rehearing is granted to the                                                                           
                 extent of reconsidering our decision, but is denied with                                                                               
                 respect to making any change therein.                                                                                                  

                                            CHARLES E. FRANKFORT                                  )                                                     
                                            Administrative Patent Judge                           )                                                     
                                            LAWRENCE J. STAAB                                     )  BOARD OF PATENT                                    
                                            Administrative Patent Judge                           )  APPEALS AND                                        
                                                                                                 )  INTERFERENCES                                      

                          1The examiner may, however, recommend entry of the                                                                            
                 amendment if he considers that it obviously places the case in                                                                         
                 condition for allowance.  See MPEP  1214.07                                                                                           

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