Ex Parte Sogard 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                                      for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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 DAVID J. SOGARD, JASON P. HILL, TIMOTHY S. GIRTON,                                              
                                            and CHRISTOPHER B. BPODEUR                                                            
                                                   Appeal No.  2007-0917                                                          
                                                 Application No.  10/012,919                                                      
                                                          ON BRIEF                                                                
                   Before ADAMS, GRIMES and LEBOVITZ, Administrative Patent Judges.                                               
                   ADAMS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                            

                                                   DECISION ON APPEAL                                                             
                          This is a decision on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the examiner’s                                  
                   final rejection of claims 23 and 25-40.  The only remaining claims                                             
                   1-22 and 41-59 were withdrawn from consideration as drawn to a non-elected                                     
                   subject matter.                                                                                                
                          Claim 23 illustrative of the subject matter on appeal and is reproduced                                 
                          23. A process for forming a prosthesis, comprising the step of:                                         
                                  extruding an extrudate consisting of a lubricant and PTFE to form a                             
                               tubular member having a wall with an inner surface and an outer                                    
                               surface, a thickness being defined between said inner and outer                                    
                               surfaces in the range of about 250 μm or less at the exit of an                                    
                               extruder die used in the extruding.                                                                

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