Public User Identification Badges
                        USPTO Public Search Facilities
   The USPTO Public Search Services Division, responsible for the public
search facilities in the Patent Search Room and the Trademark Search
Library, will be installing a new badge system. This system will replace
the current badges with a laminated picture identification badge. The
new badges will be valid for one year. Badges must be visible at all
times within the Patent and Trademark Office building complex. This new
badge system will be used by the File Information Unit for public users
requesting files.
   The change over from the present system to the new badge system will
occur in January 1998. Beginning the first week in January equipment
will be available in the Patent Search Room to issue the new badges for
both patent and trademark public users. The Patent Search Room is open
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Current badges will no
longer be valid after January 31, 1998.
Dec. 10, 1997                                              WESLEY H. GEWEHR
                                                          Administrator for
                                                  Information Dissemination