U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announces $70 million contract for AI patent search tool

USPTO intends to negotiate and award a contract to Accenture Federal Services for its Patent Search Artificial Intelligence capabilities.
USPTO Headquarters, Alexandria, VA
The interior of the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, in 2019. (Antony-22 / Wikimedia Commons)

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said this week that it intends to award an estimated $70 million contract to Accenture Federal Services for its Patent Search Artificial Intelligence capabilities.

The notice of intent described the need for a contractor to provide a “full system development effort” to continue maintenance for PSAI capabilities, and “provide new enhancements” for the component. USPTO anticipates negotiating and awarding this responsibility to AFS by April 1.

The office currently has an AI-based search tool for its Patents End-to-End (PE2E) suite to leverage AI for “prior art” searches, a tool that examiners use to assess the novelty of an invention, of which PSAI is a component.


“In an effort to modernize the Patents Automated Information Systems, the USPTO launched PE2E, a single web-based system that provides examiners with a unified and robust set of tools to use in the examination process,” the USPTO statement about PE2E states. “PE2E Search is a system within PE2E that presents a modern interface design and introduces new tools and features, such as AI search capabilities.”

USPTO in August announced that it was seeking information concerning AI deployment capabilities to “improve searches for ‘prior art’ during the patent process,” FedScoop previously reported.

USPTO did not respond to a request for comment. AFS declined to comment.

Caroline Nihill

Written by Caroline Nihill

Caroline Nihill is a reporter for FedScoop in Washington, D.C., covering federal IT. Her reporting has included the tracking of artificial intelligence governance from the White House and Congress, as well as modernization efforts across the federal government. Caroline was previously an editorial fellow for Scoop News Group, writing for FedScoop, StateScoop, CyberScoop, EdScoop and DefenseScoop. She earned her bachelor’s in media and journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after transferring from the University of Mississippi.

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