Ex Parte Beitz 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                                     for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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 MARK J. BEITZ et al.                                                 
                                                 Appeal 2007-0517                                                        
                                              Application 10/768,6471                                                    
                                              Technology Center 1700                                                     
                                                 Decided: March 28, 2007                                                 
              Before TORCZON, LANE, and TIERNEY, Administrative Patent Judges.                                           
              TIERNEY, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                      
                                             DECISION ON APPEAL                                                          
                                           STATEMENT OF THE CASE                                                         
                     Applicant appeals from a final rejection of claims 1 to 12 under 35 U.S.C.                          
               134 (2002).  We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6(b) (2002).                                         
                     Applicant’s claimed subject matter generally relates to a process of                                
              manufacturing absorbent materials.  Typically, personal care absorbent articles are                        
              formed from a web or ribbon of fibrous absorbent material that is provided to a                            
              machine as a wound roll or coil.  To prevent interruption of the processing                                
              1 Application filed January 30, 2004.  The real party in interest is Kimberly-Clark                        
              Worldwide, Inc.                                                                                            

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