Ex Parte Hawkins - Page 1

                          The opinion in support of the decision being entered today                            
                                    is not binding precedent of the Board.                                      

                        UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                               
                              BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                
                                          AND INTERFERENCES                                                     
                                     Ex parte MICHAEL R. HAWKINS                                                
                                              Appeal 2006-3058                                                  
                                           Application 10/386,070                                               
                                           Technology Center 1700                                               
                                           Decided:  May 31, 2007                                               
                Before CHARLES F. WARREN, PETER F. KRATZ, and                                                   
                LINDA M. GAUDETTE, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                
                GAUDETTE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                          

                                          DECISION ON APPEAL                                                    
                       This is an appeal from the Examiner’s final rejection of claims 1, 2,                    
                6-9, 11-15, and 20-23.  We have jurisdiction over the appeal pursuant to                        
                35 U.S.C.  6(b) (2006).                                                                        
                       Appellant's invention relates to a counter-flow asphalt plant having a                   
                recycle asphalt (RAP) feed to the combustion zone to produce high                               
                percentage RAP asphalt products within a two-stage mixing zone.  The                            

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