SOURCE: First To File

February 25, 2010 09:00 ET

Sun Chemical Finds Right Formula With First To File

Specialty Chemicals Leader Cuts Costs and Increases Patent Portfolio Visibility With FTF's Electronic File Room

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - February 25, 2010) - First To File® (FTF), the world's leading patent document management company, today announced that Sun Chemical, the world's leading manufacturer of printing inks and pigments, has deployed FTF's Electronic File Room™ (EFR) service. EFR is a Web-based patent prosecution and document management service. It enables Sun Chemical to consolidate and manage patent meta-data, knowledge, and documents from its outside law firms, reducing costs and increasing visibility into the company's patent portfolio. More information about FTF and EFR is available at

Sun Chemical, a member of the DIC group, is the world's largest producer of printing inks and pigments and a leading provider of specialty inks and materials to packaging, publication, coatings, plastics, cosmetics, and other industrial markets throughout the world. Sun Chemical has a portfolio of approximately 2,500 patents and typically files more than 100 new patent applications each year.

Sun Chemical utilizes several law firms to prosecute its patents. In the past, the company incurred fees and suffered delays each time it needed a report or other information about its patent portfolio. Historically, several solutions to this problem were sought and tried, including unifying patent docketing systems across all its organizations and paying consultants to build an interface among their law firms. None were successful.

Now, FTF's EFR consolidates the patent docketing meta-data from Sun Chemical's law firms, enabling the company to create reports in minutes, instead of days, at no incremental cost. In addition, Sun Chemical will store prosecution-related documents, including applications, office actions, correspondence, and prior art in EFR, enabling the entire Sun Chemical team, including in-house counsel, outside counsel, and the company's inventors and engineers, to view the patent portfolio and to build a valuable knowledge base.

"First To File's Electronic File Room provides us with an integrated view of our entire patent management and protection environment. That's not an easy feat, considering we outsource docketing to separate intellectual property law firms, each with a different docketing system," said Sidney Persley, chief patent counsel, Sun Chemical. "Choosing the right partner for Sun Chemical's paperless patent management initiative was paramount to our success. We've been searching for this type of solution for several years, and FTF's Electronic File Room has surpassed our expectations." 

"First to File's Electronic File Room is an ideal patent document management solution for companies like Sun Chemical, which leverage legal teams from multiple outside firms," said James Bergeron, chief executive officer, First To File. "First To File's EFR consolidates Sun Chemical's firms' docketing systems, providing the in-house legal department and outside legal teams with instant access to and increased visibility into the company's patent portfolio."

About First To File
First To File's Electronic File Room (EFR) is the world's leading Web-based patent prosecution 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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