Ex parte HERRMAN 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          not binding precedent of the Board.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. 27              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                                    _____________                                     
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                 AND INTERFERENCES                                    
                                    _____________                                     
                    Ex parte JAMES A. HERRMAN, RONALD A. MEYER,                       
                         DOUGLAS R. STITT and ROBERT L. WOODARD                       
                                    _____________                                     
                                Appeal No. 1999-1169                                  
                             Application No. 08/442,441                               
                                   ______________                                     
                               HEARD: August 16, 2000                                 
                                   _______________                                    

          Before CALVERT, McQUADE and JENNIFER D. BAHR, Administrative                
          Patent Judges.                                                              
          McQUADE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                       

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   

               James A. Herrman et al. appeal from the final rejection                
          of claims 2 through 21 and 36 through 57.  Claims 22 through                
          34, the only other claims pending in the application, stand                 
          withdrawn from consideration pursuant to 37 CFR  1.142(b).                 

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