Patent office awards $280 million systems integration contract

Patent office awards $280 million systems integration contract

UPDATED Feb. 2, 2005

The Patent and Trademark Office awarded Computer Sciences Corp. and Raytheon Technical Services Co. contracts worth up to $280 million to provide systems development and integration, testing and training for modernizing business processes. The vendors will compete for work under the contract at the agency.

CSC's contract is for one year with seven one-year options, with work valued at up to $280 million, while Raytheon's contract with the same duration is worth up to $251.9 million. The award to CSC follows on a systems development and maintenance contract in force since1997 and set to expire in May.

The contractors will develop applications for projects such as patent and trademark search, electronic filing of applications, electronic workflow and financial systems, said PTO acting deputy CIO Larry Cogut. 'For up to eight years, this contract will provide USPTO with support in the development, enhancement and maintenance of more than 120 application information systems,' he said.

CSC said it plans to modify systems to meet federal mandates and international commitments and help PTO users improve productivity. About 150 employees from the contractor's civil systems development division will perform the work, primarily in Alexandria, Va.

Editor's Note: This version includes additional information that Raytheon also won the contract and that the two awardees will compete against each other for work.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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