BLOOMINGTON, Minn., April 11, 2003 — Pearson VUE today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved a patent for the design of its recently completed Pearson Professional Centers, a network of over 200 high-security test centers specifically designed and built to deliver high-stakes exams for the professional licensure, certification, academic and human resource markets. The design patent is based on a number of security features built into the centers to safeguard the intellectual capital of Pearson VUE clients.
“We take test security very seriously. The unique design features of the Pearson Professional Centers are part of a comprehensive offering that provides our customers with the highest level of exam delivery security and control in the industry. We are pleased the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office agreed that our security features are unique and worthy of patent protection,” said Bob Whelan, vice president and general manager of Pearson VUE.
Pearson VUE implements innovative testing solutions that enhance the performance, reliability and security of professional licensure and certification testing programs throughout the world. High-stakes exams are delivered through a Pearson VUE-owned and -operated domestic network of more than 200 Pearson Professional Centers and a network of more than 3,400 Pearson VUE™ Authorized Centers in over 130 countries.
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the electronic testing business of Pearson Education, which in turn is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international media company. Pearson’s other primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.