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                               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                               written for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 30                            

                                  UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                           
                                       BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                             
                                                    AND INTERFERENCES                                                                 
                                                Ex parte ROBERT A. SCHMITZ                                                            
                                                     Appeal No. 1999-2085                                                             
                                                     Application 07/839,409                                                           
                                                            ON BRIEF                                                                  
               Before WINTERS and WILLIAM F. SMITH, Administrative Patent Judges, and                                                 
               MCKELVEY, Senior Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                          
               WILLIAM F. SMITH, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                         

                                                    DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                
                       This is a decision on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the examiner’s final                                   
               rejection of claims 1 through 24, all the claims pending in the application.  Claim 1 is                               
               representative of the subject matter on appeal and reads as follows:                                                   


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