Ex Parte Walke 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                                     is not binding precedent of the Board.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 WADE D. WALKE, NATHANIEL L. WILGANOWSKI, and                                    
                                     C. ALEXANDER TURNER, JR.                                              
                                            Appeal 2007-3881                                               
                                         Application 09/833,782                                            
                                         Technology Center 1600                                            
                                      Decided: September 24, 2007                                          
               Before TONI R. SCHEINER, ERIC B. GRIMES, and  NANCY J. LINCK,                               
               Administrative Patent Judges.                                                               
               GRIMES, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                        

                                        DECISION ON APPEAL                                                 
                      This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 involving claims to                          
               polynucleotides.  The Examiner has rejected the claims as lacking patentable                
               utility.  We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6(b).  We reverse.                         
                      The Specification discloses “human polynucleotides encoding a                        
               protein sharing sequence similarity with mammalian neurolysin proteins”                     
               (Spec. 1: 9-11).  “Neurolysins are soluble proteins of the zinc                             

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