SOURCE: First To File

First To File

November 12, 2009 09:00 ET

First To File Adds Workflow Module to Electronic File Room Service

New Functionality Helps Patent Prosecution Attorneys Automate, Manage, and Track Complex, Time-Sensitive Processes

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - November 12, 2009) - First To File® (FTF), the world's leading patent document management company, today announced the availability of a fully integrated Workflow Module for its Electronic File Room™ (EFR) patent document management service. The new module helps patent attorneys create custom multi-step, multi-participant workflows, ensuring that complex, time-sensitive patent prosecution processes are handled efficiently and on time. These processes are typically associated with documents managed by EFR, such as invention disclosure statements, office actions, or notices of missing parts. More information about FTF, EFR, and the Workflow Module is available at

FTF announced separately today that leading patent prosecution law firm Young & Thompson (Y&T) has selected and deployed EFR. Y&T is the first FTF customer to deploy the new Workflow Module.

Using the Workflow Module, tasks can be assigned to individuals, groups, or pools inside and outside an organization, such as outside counsel. Tasks can be re-assigned when necessary and can also be rejected and sent back to the previous owner. Sub-tasks or routines within a major task can also be created. Each workflow participant has a task inbox as part of a personalized dashboard, and work-in-process can be monitored and managed with the Workflow Module's reporting capabilities.

"The new Workflow Module provides in-house and law firm patent teams with unprecedented visibility into and management of complex, multi-step workflows at every stage of the patent lifecycle," said James Bergeron, chief executive officer, First To File. "The new capabilities are essential to efficiently scaling patent prosecution efforts in any size organization."

About Electronic File Room

First To File's patent document management service is a SaaS-based solution that manages intellectual-property-related matter and activities both inside and outside an organization, including at outside counsel and patent prosecution agencies, such as The United States Patent and Trademark Office. EFR features a tri-fold view of correspondence, file history, and documents that is familiar to patent lawyers. EFR integrates easily with all existing docketing systems, taking them to the next logical level of digital document management and automation.

About First To File

First to File's Electronic File Room (EFR) is the world's leading Web-based patent prosecution support and document management service. The secure SaaS solution eliminates costly paper storage and management, providing automated, all-digital filing and prosecution. EFR provides organizations of all sizes with enhanced collaboration, improved quality, reduced risk, and total visibility of all patent-related assets, while restricting access to sensitive material consistent with the preservation of client confidentiality and attorney/client privilege. First To File is a privately held company that is headquartered in San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit the company website at

Contact Information

  • Media contact:
    Brian Danella
    Prequent, Inc. (for First To File)
    +1 (408) 275-6455 office
    +1 (650) 743-6606 mobile