Ex Parte Chen et al - Page 1

                         The opinion in support of the decision being entered today                           
                                   is not binding precedent of the Board.                                     

                        UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                             
                             BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                               
                                         AND INTERFERENCES                                                    
                         Ex parte HAO A. CHEN and NATHAN W. EASTERDAY                                         
                                             Appeal 2007-1262                                                 
                                          Application 10/697,532                                              
                                          Technology Center 1772                                              
                                          Decided:  June 13, 2007                                             
                Before EDWARD C. KIMLIN, BRADLEY R. GARRIS, and                                               
                CHUNG K. PAK, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                   
                GARRIS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                          

                                         DECISION ON APPEAL                                                   
                      We AFFIRM.                                                                              
                      This is a decision on an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the final                    
                rejection of claims 1-39.  We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6.                          
                      The Appellants invented a surface covering panel and a method of                        
                making such a panel.  The panel comprises a support layer 1, a base coating                   
                2 having a textured surface 3 on top of the support layer, a printed pattern 4                


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