Ex Parte Hathaway 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                                   today is not binding precedent of the Board.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 JOHN HATHAWAY and DALE TAYLOR                                                   
                                                 Appeal 2007-2873                                                      
                                              Application 09/800,793                                                   
                                             Technology Center 3700                                                    
                                             Decided: October 3, 2007                                                  
                 Before TERRY J. OWENS, MURRIEL E. CRAWFORD, and                                                       
                 JOSEPH A. FISCHETTI, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                    
                 OWENS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                   

                                             DECISION ON APPEAL                                                        
                        The Appellants appeal from a rejection of claims 3-14.  Claims 1 and                           
                 2 have been canceled.                                                                                 
                                                 THE INVENTION                                                         
                        The Appellants claim a plastic closure having both 1) parting line                             
                 flash or surface mismatch, and 2) at least one annular sealing band for                               
                 engaging a gasket.  Claim 9 is illustrative:                                                          

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