Serco Inc. has processed its two-millionth patent application for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a milestone that reflects its work for a 2006 contract to manage the agency’s pre-grant publication classification services.
Under the contract, Serco’s PGPubs team analyzes close to 22,000 claims in patent applications and assigns the appropriate U.S. and international classification to more than 7,900 proposed inventions a day, the company said Monday.
Additionally, Serco has implemented new methods and systems to help improve business processes within USPTO.
“The work that our team does at USPTO directly helps build the U.S. economy’s strength and vitality by protecting new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity,” said Mike Plymack, SVP of Serco’s federal civilian services group.
In 2006, the technology and management services provider initially deployed a paperless, automated classification system at a secure facility with information technology infrastructure and staff recruitment and training.
The facility located in Harrisonburg, Va., now employs 135 employees.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who visited the facility to mark the company’s latest achievement, added, “The strength of our economy and American jobs rely on our ability to protect new inventions through the patent system and build on innovation in the 21st century.”
“Congratulations to Serco’s PGPubs team on achieving this milestone and helping to make America more competitive.”