Patent Cooperation Treaty Update

  The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization
has informed the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that, due to a change
in the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar with regard to the German mark,
the dollar amount of the international search fee charged by the
European Patent Office for international applications filed in the
United States Receiving Office will be $1585.00, effective July 1, 1996.

June 4, 1996                                            BRUCE A. LEHMAN
                                    Assistant Secretary of Commerce and
                                 Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks