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James Constant appeals a final decision of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (“Board”) affirming an examiner’s rejection of all of the pending claims in Constant’s patent application as being obvious, under 35 U.S.C. � 103(a), over the cited prior art. Ex parte Constant, Paper No. 23 (B.P.A.I. Oct. 19, 2000) (denying request for rehearing); Ex parte Constant, Paper No. 21 (B.P.A.I. Aug. 18, 2000) (affirming rejection).

The ultimate determination of whether an invention would have been obvious under 35 U.S.C. � 103(a) is a legal conclusion based on underlying findings of fact. In re Dembiczak, 175 F.3d 994, 998, 50 USPQ2d 1614, 1616 (Fed. Cir. 1999). We review the Board’s ultimate determination of obviousness de novo. Id. However, we review the Board’s underlying factual findings for substantial evidence. In re Gartside, 203 F.3d 1305, 1316, 53 USPQ2d 1769, 1776 (Fed. Cir. 2000).

Constant has been a party in a number of cases that have come before this court. Constant opens his appeal with a blanket request for the recusal of any judge involved in one of his earlier cases “on grounds of judicial bias evidenced by making decisions against the appellant.” Although Constant asserts that the decisions in these cases violated the Constitution and various statutes, his claim of bias is based on nothing more than a disagreement with those decisions.

 
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