Ex Parte Watkins 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                                     is not binding precedent of the Board.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 JEFFRY D. WATKINS and BARRETT ALLAN                                      
                                           Appeal 2007-2523                                               
                                         Application 10/370,749                                           
                                        Technology Center 1600                                            
                                      Decided: September 12, 2007                                         
               Before TONI R. SCHEINER, DONALD E. ADAMS, 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                        
               composition containing a polypeptide variant.  The Examiner has rejected                   
               the claims as anticipated.  We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6(b).  We               
                     The “‘Fc region’ refers to a C-terminal region of an immunoglobulin                  
               heavy chain” (Specification 36).  “The Fc region . . . generally comprises                 

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