Ex Parte Hull et al - 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            written for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 15                                           

                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                            
                           BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                               
                                    AND INTERFERENCES                                       
            Ex parte RICHARD BAXTER HULL, FRANCOIS LLIRBAT and ERIC SIMON                   
                                   Appeal No. 2005-0742                                     
                               Application No. 10/274,579                                   
                                     ON BRIEF                                               
          Before THOMAS, HAIRSTON and DIXON, Administrative Patent Judges.                  
          THOMAS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                              
                                    DECISION ON APPEAL                                      
                Appellants have appealed to the Board from the final                        
          rejection of claims 1 through 20.                                                 
                Representative independent claim 1 is reproduced below:                     
                1.        In a computer system which implements an object-                  
                focused workflow system and which evaluates at least one                    
                attribute by evaluating a plurality of computation rules                    
                corresponding to the at least one attribute to produce a                    
                collection of values and assigning a final value to said                    

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