As per the IT contract, Serco will provide initial patent classification and reclassification services to support USPTO’s core mission of examining, granting, and disseminating patents and trademarks.
The recompete contract has a one-year base period with four one-year option periods, and is valued at $95 million over the five-year period.
Serco’s scientists and engineers are responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and applying classification symbols to newly submitted patent applications to assist with the USPTO examination process in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Serco currently processes approximately 1,600 applications a day, and over 400,000 applications annually for USPTO. Serco assisted USPTO to transition to a new international classification standard called Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC).