Ex parte SCHOTTHOEFER 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          not binding precedent of the Board.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. 42              
                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                 AND INTERFERENCES                                    
                           Ex parte GERALD R. SCHOTTHOEFER                            
                                Appeal No. 1999-2627                                  
                               Application 08/516,516                                 
                                      ON BRIEF                                        
          Before COHEN, McQUADE and NASE, Administrative Patent Judges.               
          McQUADE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                       

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   

               Gerald R. Schotthoefer appeals from the final rejection                
          of claims 1 through 8, all of the claims pending in the                     
          application.  We reverse.                                                   

               The invention relates to “security devices for securing a              
          spare tire mounted on a hoist having a hoist shaft accessible               

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