Ex Parte Maruyama - 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                                   for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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 NAOSUKE MARUYAMA                                                    
                                               Appeal No. 2005-1746                                                    
                                             Application No. 09/963,738                                                
                                                     ON BRIEF                                                          
                 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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