First To File®, the world’s leading IP document management company, announced today a new Outlook Integration plug-in which enables one-click filing of email correspondence and documents directly into its Electronic File Room (EFR) web-based IP document management system. EFR organizes IP information in a familiar, user-friendly tri-fold display and allows lawyers across the globe to store and share correspondence, prior art and documentation in a secure, organized, centralized system. First To File will be announcing the Outlook integration at the 2011 AIPLA Annual Meeting starting today through Saturday, Oct. 22nd (booth #17).
Traditionally, IP lawyers have utilized email to share files and correspondences. However, email is a poor collaboration and information management tool, leading to high administrative overhead, and/or lost, misplaced or misfiled documents. Now using the EFR/Outlook integration, IP professionals can dramatically increase efficiency, cut overhead costs and minimize errors.
Highlights of the First To File Outlook Integration:
• One-click filing of emails into the EFR system;
• Ability to select and file multiple emails and documents at once;
• Ability to save emails and attachments to different parts of the tri-fold interface (Left/Right/Center);
• Pop-up window enables simple file management and case association;
• First To File icon in Outlook Toolbar;
• Easy-to-install wizard;
• Integration supports Outlook version 2000 and higher.
According to First To File CEO James P. Bergeron,“Email continues to be the standard for business communication, but it falls short as a collaboration and document management tool. First To File clients who use Outlook can now save email and documents into our online system with a simple mouse click. This solution is ideal for corporations and law firms wishing to streamline the file sharing process and reduce time wasted due to lost or misplaced files, and is just one of the many features we are developing to streamline IP management, and particularly, as in this case, file sharing and collaboration.”
About First To File (FTF)
Founded in 2006, First To File (firsttofile.com) is a software company based in San Mateo, California specializing in intellectual property information management technology. First To File’s products automate the storage, management, and analysis of legal documents worldwide, enabling law firms and corporate legal professionals to reduce risk and work more effectively.
FTF’s Electronic File Room (EFR) for Patents and Trademarks is a web-based document management and automation solution for IP corporate legal and law firms of all sizes. Used by Fortune 500 companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Unilever as well as top IP law firms, EFR for Patents and Trademarks reduces reliance on paper and transforms the prosecution process by increasing overall visibility, efficiency, and quality while significantly reducing costs. For more information, visit the website or follow us on Twitter @FirstToFile or Facebook.