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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                                   for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.                          


                         UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                     
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                              BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                       
                                            AND INTERFERENCES                                                          
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                                          Ex parte NAOSUKE MARUYAMA                                                    
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                                               Appeal No. 2005-1746                                                    
                                             Application No. 09/963,738                                                
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                                                     ON BRIEF                                                          
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                 Before WILLIAM F. SMITH, MILLS, and GREEN, Administrative Patent Judges.                              
                 GREEN, 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 1-21.  Claims 1 and 21 are representative of the subject                    
                 matter on appeal, and read as follows:                                                                
                 1.     A dry direct tableting base material comprising low-substituted                                
                 hydroxypropyl cellulose impregnated with a sugar or a sugar alcohol wherein the                       
                 product resulting therefrom is dried, and wherein said low-substituted                                
                 hydroxypropyl cellulose has a hydroxypropyl content in the range from 5 to 16%                        
                 by weight.                                                                                            











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