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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                 written for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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                                  
                              BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                     
                                        AND INTERFERENCES                                            
                                    Ex parte KEVIN A. O’DEA                                          
                                      Appeal No. 2006-2012                                           
                                   Application No. 10/408,875                                        
                                     Technology Center 3600                                          
                                             ON BRIEF                                                
           Before OWENS, BAHR and FETTING, Administrative Patent Judges.                             
           OWENS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                       

                                       DECISION ON APPEAL                                            
                 This appeal is from a rejection of claims 1-7, 9-17 and 19-                         
           25, which are all of the pending claims.                                                  
                                          THE INVENTION                                              
                 The appellant claims a method, computer readable medium and                         
           system for controlling a motor vehicle’s braking system when a                            
           “coefficient condition”, i.e., a split coefficient surface                                
           condition, exists.1  Claim 1 is illustrative:                                             
                       A method of controlling a brake system of a vehicle,                          

           1 The appellant’s specification states that “[a] split coefficient road                   
           surface is one where the coefficient of friction on one side of the vehicle is            
           significantly different than that on the other side.  A road with ice or snow             
           partially covering its surface is an example of a split coefficient road                  
           surface” (page 1, lines 13-15).                                                           

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