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First To File

December 08, 2009 09:00 ET

Leading Intellectual Property Attorneys Marc Adler and Kevin P.B. Johnson Join First To File Advisory Board

Patent Experts' Deep Knowledge and Experience to Further Development at Leading Patent Document Management Company

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - December 8, 2009) - First To File® (FTF), the world's leading patent document management company, announced today that intellectual property experts Marc Adler and Kevin P.B. Johnson have joined the company's advisory board. Adler is an independent intellectual property strategist and former chief intellectual property counsel for Rohm and Haas Company. Johnson is a partner at Quinn Emanuel, the largest business litigation firm in the United States, and an expert in intellectual property litigation and domestic and international arbitration and mediation. Adler and Johnson join existing advisory board members Max Carnecchia, Bruce Lehman, and John Martin. The advisory board provides First To File's executive team with insight and guidance as the company develops its SaaS-based patent document management solution. More information about First To File, including biographies of all the advisory board members, may be found at

"I'm pleased to welcome Marc and Kevin to the First To File team," said James Bergeron, chief executive officer, First To File. "Their experience will be a great asset as we continue to enhance and drive awareness of our Electronic File Room service."

Adler is an independent intellectual property strategist and consultant with more than 27 years of intellectual property law experience. Previously, he was chief intellectual property counsel at Rohm and Haas Company, a worldwide specialty materials company. There, he was responsible for all global patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters. At the same time, he also served as associate general counsel and assistant corporate secretary at Rohm and Haas. Adler is a member of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Public Advisory Committee and is a former president of both the Intellectual Property Owners Association and the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel. He received his J.D. from St. John's University and holds a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Florida and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from City University of New York.

Johnson's practice at Quinn Emanuel focuses on litigating patent infringement, trade secret, unfair competition, trademark, copyright, and licensing actions in federal and state courts as well as the International Trade Commission. He has represented a wide range of technology industry clients, from Fortune 50 companies to growing technology startups, in a variety of intellectual property disputes. Prior to Quinn Emanuel, Johnson was a partner at Fish & Neave. He received his J.D. from Hofstra University and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University.

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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