EDWARDS et al. V. THIES 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                          written for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent                                                     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. 22                      
                 Filed by: Trial Section Merits Panel                                                                                                   
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                                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                        
                                             BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                         
                                                            AND INTERFERENCES                                                                           
                                                JAMES EDWARDS AND JOHN E. DRIES                                                                         
                                                                Junior Party,                                                                           
                                                       (Patent No. 5,762,080)1                                                                          
                                              EDWARD L. THIES, ROGER J. BERTSCH                                                                         
                                                          and WILBUR W. JARVIS                                                                          
                                                                 Senior Party                                                                           
                                                      (Application 09/273,944)2                                                                         
                                                Patent Interference No. 104,439                                                                         
                 Before:  McKELVEY, Senior Administrative Patent Judge, and                                                                             
                 SCHAFER and LEE, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                                         

                          1Filed January 24, 1997, as application 08/792,964.                                                                           
                 The real party in interest is White Consolidated Industries,                                                                           
                          2Filed March 19, 1999.  Accorded the benefit of                                                                               
                 application 08/927,706, filed September 10, 1997, now Patent                                                                           
                 No. 5,909,743, issued June 8, 1999, and provisional                                                                                    
                 application 60/031,182, filed November 19, 1996.  The real                                                                             
                 party in interest is Whirlpool Corporation.                                                                                            

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