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 OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- SAIC (Science Applications International Corp.) has won its first contract with the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
 Under the five-year, $15.8 million systems engineering and technical assistance (SETA) contract, SAIC will help automate an agency that by 1996, will be processing more than 250,000 patent applications and more than 140,000 trademark applications annually.
 "The PTO faces the challenge of automating an agency whose requirements are changing rapidly," said SAIC Program Manager Al Coffin of the Information Technology Group. "The reason for the rapid change is the international marketplace in which patent and trademark law is administered and the nature of the products and intelligent property that is being managed."
 For example, scientists and engineers are beginning to patent exotic inventions totally unanticipated in early patent and trademark law. Inventions such as holograms on credit cards, and the "scratch and sniff" method of advertising are now widely used, but were not even thought of until recent years.
 To support this significant workload of examining patent and trademark applications, issuing patents and registering trademarks, SAIC will provide the PTO with research and assistance in designing, developing and implementing central computer systems; and linking office automation capabilities through an agency-wide open architecture communications network.
 SAIC also will assist with developing capabilities for full use of automated patent text and image search, storage and retrieval systems; automation of patent application receipt, assignment and tracking functions -- including electronic receipt of biotechnology patent applications; and development of optical character recognition capabilities.
 And SAIC will help with computer system enhancements that allow terminal and workstation access to all resources needed for trademark application receipts and process, as well as development of advanced capabilities for information dissemination and exchange.
 "This win solidifies SAIC's position as a premier information systems contractor. We have formed a partnership with the PTO for the future," said SAIC Group Senior Vice President Larry Peck.
 Subcontracting to SAIC on this program is Howard University, a historically black college. Howard staff will do systems engineering, simulation and modeling, and operations research.
 "We'll rely heavily on Howard University's people, particularly in strategic and tactical planning, because the university brings an institutional philosophy that encourages forward-thinking analysis of future technological, economic and political trends," added Peck.
 In winning the contract, SAIC accepted stringent conflict-of- interest requirements, typical of SETA contracts, that require a high degree of objectivity and that bar the technical adviser, in this case SAIC, from holding or pursuing contracts under the contract's scope of work.
 The contract will be performed at SAIC's dedicated facilities in Arlington, Va., with support from SAIC's Oak Ridge office.
 "The PTO staff will be co-located with staff working on another large SAIC contract, the Environmental Protection Agency's Mission- Oriented Systems Engineering Support (MOSES) contract, to promote technology transfer between the two projects," said Peck.
 SAIC is a diversified research and development company that applies scientific expertise with computer and systems technology to solve complex technical problems for government and commercial clients. With annual revenues exceeding $1.5 billion, SAIC has 15,300 employees in more than 250 locations worldwide. Based in San Diego, SAIC is one of the largest employee-owned companies in the nation.
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