SOURCE: Liquid Machines

February 05, 2007 08:30 ET

Liquid Machines and SolidWorks Team to Protect Intellectual Property Throughout the Global Product Design and Development Process

Enterprise Rights Management Leader Integrates Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) With SolidWorks 2008 to Secure Product Design and Development Data From Loss, Theft or Misuse

NEW ORLEANS, LA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 5, 2007 -- SolidWorks World 2007 -- Liquid Machines®, Inc., the leader in Enterprise Rights Management (ERM) solutions, today announced that it has partnered with SolidWorks Corporation, the leading supplier of intuitive, high-performing 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) software that helps companies design better products, to integrate its ERM technologies with SolidWorks' suite of product design and development tools. The combination of these two leading solutions will enable customers to securely share design and development data and collaborate throughout the development lifecycle, without fear of unauthorized usage or data loss.

"Today's design and manufacturing environments are no longer contained within the same four walls," said John McEleney, CEO, SolidWorks Corporation. "To succeed, companies need to collaborate on product design, development and manufacturing with a globally dispersed workforce, partners and customers -- no matter where they are located. The more widely dispersed the development team, the more difficult it is to ensure that each team member has the most current design information and to prevent costly mistakes caused by working with out-of-date files. With Liquid Machines, our customers can confidently share information and work collaboratively on designs, knowing that the right people have the right information at all times."

Liquid Machines and Microsoft RMS enable SolidWorks' customers to control versions, as well as sensitive content, by marrying usage rights with the actual data itself -- meaning that access and usage control permissions travel with the protected intellectual property as it moves across different file types, from user to user, machine to machine, inside or outside of the organization. This enables authorized staff to still work with the appropriate data -- making edits and changes as needed -- but ensures that the data remains under control, whether copied, pasted or saved as a .pdf file. Reporting features allow the company to know who accessed, or tried to access, critical information -- and more importantly, what they may have wanted to do with it.

"In the world of product development, it is critical that design and manufacturing companies retain control of their intellectual property," said Michael Ruffolo, president and CEO of Liquid Machines, Inc. "All it takes is one instance of unauthorized access for data to be inadvertently leaked to a competitor or to the public, resulting in the loss of competitive advantage. By supplying SolidWorks' customers with an easy-to-use enterprise rights management solution that can operate in any file format, all throughout the development lifecycle, we help them decrease development costs and continue to efficiently and securely build great products."

Liquid Machines, SolidWorks 2008 and Microsoft RMS: A Powerful Solution for Secure Global Product Design

Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) for Windows Server 2003 is information protection technology that works with RMS-enabled applications to help safeguard digital information from unauthorized use -- both online and offline, inside and outside of the firewall. RMS augments an organization's security strategy by protecting information through persistent usage policies, which remain with the information, no matter where it goes. Organizations can use RMS to help prevent sensitive information -- such as financial reports, product specifications, customer data and confidential e-mail messages -- from intentionally or accidentally getting into the wrong hands.

Liquid Machines provides information protection solutions that enhance Microsoft RMS enterprise deployments. With its support for SolidWorks 3D CAD software, Liquid Machines enables the seamless integration of end-to-end enterprise rights management into a corporation's existing manufacturing workflow. To avoid information leaks to the public or to competitors, access policies can be defined and enforced based on factors such as employee location, department, project team or the nature of the data itself. In addition, should business relationships change or come to a close, access rights to protected data can be easily changed. By tying access and enforcement directly to the data, companies are protected against unauthorized usage, theft or modification -- and ensure that their intellectual property is used appropriately by everyone in the development lifecycle.

"Global product design increases the challenges of protecting the information contained in electronic design files and Office documents," stated Scott Kelley, manager of information technology at Wood Group Pressure Control. "Some of the most valuable IP is contained in digital designs generated with applications such as SolidWorks. Combined with their support for Office and Adobe documents and Microsoft RMS, Liquid Machines for SolidWorks 3D CAD software provides us with the breadth of applications and file formats required for a comprehensive information protection program."


Liquid Machines will demonstrate its products at SolidWorks World 2007, (Booth #734) at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. Liquid Machines Document Control for SolidWorks 2008 will be available in Q2 2007. Pricing will start at $395.00 per user. For more information, contact Liquid Machines at 781-693-3600 or

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systèmes S.A. (NASDAQ: DASTY) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for design, analysis and product data management. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology, giving teams intuitive, high-performing software that helps them design better products. For the latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the company's Web site ( or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

About Liquid Machines

Liquid Machines is the leading provider of Enterprise Rights Management (ERM) solutions that persistently protect critical business content and audit usage while enabling collaboration. Liquid Machines' Document Control and Email Control solutions allow companies in the consulting, financial services, government, manufacturing and healthcare industries to share information securely, within any application, wherever it goes, throughout its lifecycle. Liquid Machines ERM solutions help enterprises satisfy today's ever-increasing information security regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, NASD 2711, HIPAA and others, as well as implement and practice internal mandates for intellectual property security, product version control, or clinical data protection.

Based in Waltham, Massachusetts, Liquid Machines is privately held and is backed by Atlas Venture, Masthead Venture Partners, Goldman Sachs & Co. and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. For more information on the company and our vision for The Freedom of Security™, visit us at

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