Ex parte MALOW - Page 1

                The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was not    
                written for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.    
                                                                 Paper No. 25         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                                Ex parte SIEGMAR MALOW                                
                                 Appeal No. 1999-1531                                 
                              Application No. 08/675,912                              
                                HEARD: OCTOBER 25, 2000                               

          Before COHEN, McQUADE, and LAZARUS, Administrative Patent                   
          COHEN, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         

                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is an appeal from the final rejection of claims 11                
          through 15.  These claims constitute all of the claims                      
          remaining in the application.                                               

               Appellant’s invention pertains to a conveyor for                       
          advancing items in a conveying direction, in combination with               
          force-exerting means for exerting an abutting force.  A basic               
          understanding of the invention can be derived from a reading                

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