Ex Parte Maes 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                             for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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 DANIEL H. MAES, KENNETH D. MARENUS, and                                      
                                       CHRISTINA G. FTHENAKIS                                                
                                             Appeal 2007-1144                                                
                                          Application 10/424,616                                             
                                          Technology Center 1600                                             
                                          Decided: May 30, 2007                                              
                Before TONI R. SCHEINER, DEMETRA J. MILLS, and ERIC GRIMES,                                  
                Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                
                GRIMES, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                         

                                         DECISION ON APPEAL                                                  
                      This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 involving claims to a method                   
                and composition for artificially tanning the skin.  The Examiner has rejected                
                the claims as obvious.  We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6(b).  We                     
                      As the outermost layer of the skin, the stratum corneum “represents                    
                the major chemical and physical barrier between the body and the                             

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