USPTO Awards General Dynamics Artificial Intelligence Contract
May 11, 2020
Contract leverages GDIT’s expertise as AI pioneer to accelerate patent and trademark process and citizen application.
FAIRFAX, Va. – General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) today announced it was awarded a new contract by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). GDIT will support USPTO in its expansion and adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) engineering and operations through the agency’s Intelligent Automation and Innovation Support Services (IAISS) blanket purchase agreement (BPA). The award holds an estimated value of $50 million and includes a base period of one year with four 12-month options.
“GDIT has supported USPTO in its mission to foster innovation, competitiveness and economic growth for nearly 20 years, providing high quality and timely examination of patent and trademark applications, guiding domestic and international intellectual property policy and delivering intellectual property information and education worldwide,” said Vice President & General Manager Christopher Hegedus for GDIT’s Diplomacy, Commerce and Government Operations business area. “With this new work, we will bring our AI, ML and robotic process automation expertise to help USPTO develop solutions that accelerate the patent and trademark process to benefit American innovators.”
Under the contract, GDIT will support USPTO to pilot, test and implement advanced technologies in a number of areas including AI, ML and natural language processing designed to transform business processes and enhance mission delivery. GDIT solutions will accelerate citizen applications and requests, predict fraudulent transactions, identify opportunities for operational efficiencies to cut cost and reduce patent and trademark application backlogs. The solutions will support USPTO goals to transform how the agency fulfills its mission work by optimizing jobs and creating new professional functions within the agency, such as AI and ML, engineering and operations.
“This contract represents an important step in helping USTPO advance the broader federal government goal to advance the adoption of AI and the way it can be applied to enhance machine potential and expand human capacity,” said Senior Vice President Paul Nedzbala for GDIT’s Federal Civilian Division.