PTO says it is 2000-ready

PTO says it is 2000-ready

The Patent and Trademark Office has verified that all its mission-critical computer systems will work in the year 2000 and beyond.

PTO this summer tested 18 of its most critical systems in a simulated production environment, said Q. Todd Dickinson, acting PTO commissioner.

'Patents and trademarks are an integral part of America's thriving economy, so Y2K compliance is a must for the PTO,' Dickinson said.

The Commerce Department agency runs about 600 software products on 44,000 computers. In the past year, the agency processed more than 92 million business transactions, and its patent and trademark examiners ran more than 8 million searches of PTO databases, Dickinson said.

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