Ex Parte Horino et al - 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                                        is not binding precedent of the Board.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 MASAAKIRA HORINO, MIWA OHARA,                                                
                                 KATSUKI OGAWA and SADAKI TAKATA                                                   
                                               Appeal 2006-3082                                                    
                                            Application 10/372,669                                                 
                                           Technology Center 1600                                                  
                                          Decided: September 7, 2007                                               
                Before TONI R. SCHEINER, DONALD E. ADAMS, and RICHARD M.                                           
                LEBOVITZ,  Administrative Patent Judges.                                                           
                LEBOVITZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                             
                                           DECISION ON APPEAL                                                      
                       This is a decision on appeal from the final rejection of claims 2-24.                       
                We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6(b).  We affirm.                                           

                                           STATEMENT OF CASE                                                       
                       The claims in this appeal are directed to a composite powder                                
                comprising a “powdery base” and aluminum hydroxide.  The aluminum                                  
                hydroxide is adhered to the surface of the powdery base.  The powder                               
                comprises “a formation of spherically shaped particles and mesh-like                               

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