Ex Parte Evans 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                              for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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 PAUL VINCENT EVANS,                                                         
                                            THEODOR ROTTWINKEL and                                                             
                                               JEREMY MARK BROWN                                                               
                                                    Appeal 2006-3308                                                           
                                                 Application 10/726,181                                                        
                                                 Technology Center 1700                                                        
                                               Decided: February 26, 2007                                                      
                  Before CHUNG K. PAK, JEFFREY T. SMITH, 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 19-26,                               
                  the only claims pending in this application.  We have jurisdiction over the                                  
                  appeal pursuant to 35 U.S.C.  6(b)(2006).                                                                   
                          Appellants’ invention relates to a method of producing an aluminum                                   
                  lithographic sheet from direct chill (DC) cast ingot.  According to                                          
                  Appellants, they have discovered that when aluminum alloy melt is prepared                                   

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