Ex parte RICHARDS et al. - 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                                                  not binding precedent of the Board.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. 24              
                                 UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                    
                                       BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                     
                                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                                          
                                  Ex parte JOHN S. RICHARDS and DAVID C. POLLOCK                                              
                                                    Appeal No. 1999-0695                                                      
                                                  Application No. 08/427,018                                                  
                                                          ON BRIEF                                                            
              Before McQUADE, NASE, 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 4-12 and 21,                 
              copies of which appear in the appendix to the appellants' brief.  Claims 1-3 and 13-20, the only                
              other claims pending in this application, stand withdrawn from further consideration under 37                   

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