Norcross-based Fort Knox Escrow Services Inc. announced that it has received the designation of being an ISO 9002 certified company, which means that it has met rigorous international standards for quality management and quality assurance.

ABS Quality Evaluations Inc., a Kennesaw-based firm, conducted the audit and awarded the certification to Fort Knox, making it the only North American software escrow provider to have received this designation to date.

Fort Knox provides services ranging from software and technology escrow, software testing, patent protection and Web-based trade secret protection services. 

Matthew Stillwell, a London-based Fort Knox account executive, said in a statement that the company applied for the designation because many of the company’s European clients are ISO certified and prefer to do business with similarly certified companies.

The ISO designation has been developed by the International Organization of Standardization, a worldwide federation of national standards.

Fort Knox is a subsidiary of the software division of MR-Group, plc, a global company traded on the London Stock Exchange.  For more information, call Michelle Sheriff at (770) 239-9200, ext. 114. The company’s Web site is located at