Ex Parte Subramanyan et al - 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                                   for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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 KRISHNA K. SUBRAMANYAN, JOSEPH R. FARYNIARZ, and                                                       
                                                    JOANNA H. ZHANG                                                                
                                                      Appeal 2006-3151                                                             
                                                   Application 10/767,679                                                          
                                                  Technology Center 1600                                                           
                                                          ON BRIEF                                                                 
                   Before ADAMS, GRIMES, and GREEN, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                  
                   GRIMES, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                            

                                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                
                          This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 involving claims to a personal                                   
                   care composition comprising a terpenoid.  The Examiner has rejected the                                         
                   claims as obvious.  We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6(b).  We affirm.                                    
                          The building block of a terpene is isoprene, which has the following                                     
                   structure:  CH2=C(CH3)-CH=CH2.  Hydrocarbon terpenes therefore have the                                         
                   molecular formula (C5H8)n.  (Specification 1.)   The term “terpenoid”                                           

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