i4i Bags Significant XML Contract
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[Toronto, CANADA] i4i has inked a contract for the largest ever deployment of XML authoring licences.
The contract with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to provide 30,000 licences seems to confirm i4i as the world's dominant supplier of XML collaborative content development tools.
"We have supplied more seats in one implementation than all our competitors combined," said Rick Makos, chief executive officer and president of i4i.
"The USPTO contract confirms S4/TEXT is the application that will take XML mainstream, with broad appeal to a number of vertical industries, including financial services, government, manufacturing, and all regulated industries."
With a combination of budget cuts and a 75 percent increase in workload over the next five years, an electronic filing system is crucial to the USPTO in its day-to-day operations.
"We have four and a half acres of office space devoted to paper," said Dennis Shaw, USPTO chief information officer.
"What we are trying to get out of is searching for paper, reproducing paper, and shipping paper."
If even 40 percent of patent lawyers and inventors make up their own applications in XML using S4/TEXT, the USPTO expects to save more than US $25 million.
The USPTO's goal is to conduct 80 percent of transactions electronically by 2003.
The electronic filing of patent applications offers a number of significant benefits, including:
- Turnaround time to process a patent application will be reduced from four years to two.
- Patents will be filed in multiple jurisdictions through a single filing.
- International standards for patent searches can be implemented.