SOURCE: First To File

First To File

May 04, 2010 17:46 ET

First To File Is Certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce to Meet Data and Privacy Protection Standards

Compliance With U.S. "Safe Harbor" Meets European Commission's Directive on Data Protection; FTF Fully Certified for Business in Europe

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - May 4, 2010) -  First To File® (FTF), the world's leading patent document management company, today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce has certified FTF as fully compliant with the "Safe Harbor" data and privacy protection framework that was jointly developed by the United States and the European Commission (EC). FTF's adherence to the Safe Harbor framework enables customers to comply with the EC's Directive on Data Protection, which prohibits the transfer of personal data to non-European Union nations that do not meet the European standard for privacy protection. FTF is the only patent document management company to have received the Safe Harbor certification. The EC may levy substantial penalties on companies that violate the Directive. More information about FTF's secure patent document management solution is available at

"FTF's Safe Harbor certification makes our Electronic File Room solution the perfect patent document management choice for European companies and U.S. companies with European divisions, which must both comply with the EC's Directive on Data Protection," said James Bergeron, chief executive officer, First To File. "As the only vendor in our market to receive the Commerce Department's Safe Harbor certification and pass a SAS70 II audit, FTF is the industry leader in security and privacy protection."


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

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