Ex Parte Kikuchi 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                                      is not binding precedent of the Board.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 NAOHIKO KIKUCHI and                                                
                                              AKIRA MINAKOSHI                                                      
                                              Appeal No. 2007-2156                                                 
                                            Application No. 10/606,358                                             
                                             Technology Center 1700                                                
                                             Decided:  August 22, 2007                                             

             Before PETER F. KRATZ, JEFFREY T. SMITH, and                                                          
             LINDA M. GAUDETTE, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                      
             SMITH, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                   

                                             DECISION ON APPEAL                                                    
                    This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from a final rejection of claims 1, 9,                 
             and 12.  We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6.                                                    
                    The present invention relates to a studless tire which has superior                            
             performance on ice and snow.  According to Appellants, the tire has improved                          
             adhesion resistance, digging friction, scratching friction and abrasion resistance on                 

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