SOURCE: First To File

First To File

November 12, 2009 09:00 ET

Young & Thompson Selects First To File to Manage Patent Prosecution Workflow

First To File Accelerates Market Momentum by Adding Top 25 Law Firm

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - November 12, 2009) - First To File® (FTF), the world's leading patent document management company, today announced that top intellectual property law firm Young & Thompson (Y&T) has selected FTF's Electronic File Room™ (EFR) service. EFR is a Web-based patent prosecution and document management service that will enable Y&T to increase both client service levels and the law firm's productivity. Y&T's selection of FTF's EFR followed an exhaustive search for the most suitable product. More information about FTF and EFR is available at

Y&T is perennially among the 25 "Top Patent Firms" as ranked by Intellectual Property Today, most recently in its March 2009 issue. The firm, which files approximately 1,500-1,700 patent applications per year and manages more than 8,000 patent cases each day, realized that its paper-based practice required the linear addition of more resources as its business grew. To improve its service while it grew its business, the firm determined it would move toward eliminating paper in favor of an all-digital solution.

"First To File's Electronic File Room provides the only document management solution tailored to patent prosecution environments. We believe our selection of FTF's paperless service will help us lead the legal industry in client service and substantially increase operational efficiency," said Chris Sale, office administrator, Y&T. "FTF's EFR was the only solution that met our standards for responsiveness, ease of use, and preservation of client confidential information, and their impressive product and customer service levels have proven the wisdom of our decision."

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 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.

"First To File is transforming patent prosecution in both in-house legal departments and in top law firms with an automated, all-digital, Web-based solution," said James Bergeron, chief executive officer, First To File. "The selection of FTF's EFR by a firm of Y&T's stature is a gratifying validation of both our market and technology leadership. We're pleased to welcome Y&T as a customer."

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. 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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