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Data Conversion Laboratory Awarded Major Project for United States Patent and Trademark Office
Access to Relevant Prior Art (RPA) Streamlines Patent Assessments

Fresh Meadows, NY, January 18, 2024Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), an industry leader in structured data and content transformation and conversion, announces that it has been awarded a contract to automatically identify relevant prior art (RPA) for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The USPTO is the principal Agency in the executive branch of the Federal Government responsible for the administration of intellectual property laws, including those relevant to the examination, processing, and granting of patents, the registering of trademarks, and the promotion of intellectual property (IP) as a means of protecting economic prosperity.

As part of this contract, DCL will provide a highly automated and scalable tool and process for patent  examiners to import relevant prior art and other pertinent information into pending U.S. patent applications as early as possible. The information will be automatically imported from relevant sources such as related U.S. applications, counterpart foreign applications, and international applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). This initiative will increase patent examination quality and efficiency and will speed up the examination of patents by automating the gathering of prior art materials from multiple archives and sources, which today is a largely manual process.

“We are excited and grateful for the opportunity to continue our decades-long partnership with the USPTO. DCL is committed to innovative approaches toward making the patent examiner more efficient,” states Mark Gross, President of Data Conversion Laboratory. “This is an incredibly important project, facilitating more rapid review of patents while ensuring the ongoing quality and protection of IP in the United States.”

Founded in 1981, DCL is the industry leader in XML conversion and related content structure services. DCL has deep expertise across many industries, helping businesses, government agencies, and scholarly associations to organize and structure data and content for modern technologies and platforms. DCL distinguishes itself by continually leading the charge in content conversion and extraction technology and creating advanced techniques to improve accuracy while reducing costs. To learn more about how structured content improves discoverability, interoperability, and innovation, please visit

About Data Conversion Laboratory

Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) provides data and content transformation services and solutions. Using the latest innovations in artificial intelligence, including machine learning and natural language processing, DCL helps businesses organize and structure data and content for modern technologies and platforms. With expertise across many industries, including publishing, life sciences, government, manufacturing, technology, and professional organizations, DCL uses its advanced technology and U.S.-based project management teams to solve the most complex conversion challenges securely, accurately, and on time. Founded in 1981, DCL was named one of EContent's Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry.

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