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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                                               not binding precedent of the Board.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. 36            

                                UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                              

                                     BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                
                                                AND INTERFERENCES                                                      

              Ex parte DAVID C. MAY, SITHYA S. KHIEU, CRISTINA U. THOMAS, WARREN J. JOHNSON,                           
                                     RONALD W. GERDES and DAVID J. LANDON                                              

                                                  Appeal No. 1999-0941                                                 
                                               Application No. 08/756,4241                                             

                                                       ON BRIEF                                                        

              Before COHEN, ABRAMS, and BAHR, Administrative Patent Judges.                                            
              BAHR, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                       

                                                DECISION ON APPEAL                                                     

                     This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's refusal to allow claims 31-44, 49 and 50.  The   

              examiner has indicated claims 64-67 as allowable and has objected to claims 45-48 as being               

                     Application for patent filed November 26, 1996.   According to appellants, the application is a continuation1                                                                                                
              of application No. 08/445,285, filed May 19, 1995, now abandoned.                                        

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