Ex Parte Lapierre - 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            written for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.      

                     UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                         
                                 AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                           Ex parte FRANCOIS LAPIERRE                               
                                Appeal No. 2005-1487                                
                             Application No. 10/383,781                             
                                      ON BRIEF                                      
         Before WARREN, WALTZ and JEFFREY T. SMITH, Administrative Patent           
         WALTZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                        
                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                 
              This is a decision on an appeal from the primary examiner’s           
         final rejection of claims 9 and 10, which are the only claims              
         pending in this application.  We have jurisdiction pursuant to             
         35 U.S.C.  134.                                                           
              According to appellant, the invention is directed to a dyed           
         fabric blend of aramid and flame resistant (FR) cellulosic fibers          
         having improved abrasion resistance and thermal shrinkage                  
         properties (Brief, page 2).  Appellant states that claims 9 and            

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