Ex Parte Pearson - 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          written for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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 JON D. PEARSON                                   
                                  Appeal No. 2006-1667                                    
                               Application No. 10/775,634                                 
                                        ON BRIEF                                          
          Before OWENS, CRAWFORD and BAHR, Administrative Patent Judges.                  
          OWENS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                             

                                   DECISION ON APPEAL                                     
               This appeal is from a rejection of claims 1-18, which are                  
          all of the pending claims.                                                      
                                      THE INVENTION                                       
               The appellant claims an apparatus and method for adjusting                 
          the firmness, support or sag of a mattress.  Claims 1 and 13 are                
               1. Apparatus for adjusting firmness, support, or sag of a                  
               mattress, comprising:                                                      
               a) a substantially convex cross-sectional shape that is                    
                     thicker in the center region and gradually thinner                   
                     toward the edges;                                                    

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