Ex Parte Ruman 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                  The opinion in support of the decision being entered today is not binding                      
                                            precedent of the Board.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 MARCILLE F. RUMAN, LINDSAY C. SHELLEY,                                          
                                        and KATHLEEN I. RATLIFF                                                  
                                              Appeal 2007-2292                                                   
                                            Application 10/038,796                                               
                                           Technology Center 3700                                                
                                            Decided: July 27, 2007                                               

                Before BRADLEY R. GARRIS, CHARLES F. WARREN, and                                                 
                PETER F. KRATZ, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                    
                KRATZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                              
                                           DECISION ON APPEAL                                                    
                This is a decision on an appeal from the Examiner’s non-final                                    
                rejection of claims 17-19, 25, 27, 30, and 31, the only claims that remain                       
                pending in this application.  Application claims have been twice rejected.                       
                We have jurisdiction pursuant to 35 U.S.C.  6 and 134.                                         
                       Appellants present an invention directed to a method for securing                         
                engagement of hook and loop fastener components of a personal wear article                       
                such as a diaper or incontinence garment.  Appellants indicate that common                       

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