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San Jose, CA, United States, 2011/02/11 - New capabilities drive cost savings and increase patent prosecution efficiency, visibility, and control (NYSE: AGN).
First To File® (FTF), the world’s leading patent document management company, today announced that Allergan, Inc. has chosen to enhance the FTF Electronic File Room™ (EFR™) patent document management and prosecution automation solution deployed earlier this year with FTF’s Workflow Management Module and newly available Agent Access Portal. More information about FTF, EFR, and the companion products selected by Allergan is available at firsttofile.com/.
“Allergan is collaboratively working with First To File to implement Agent Access Portal and Workflow Management Module to fit our global patent practice, ” said Debra Condino, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Allergan. “We expect the new additions will help increase our patent prosecution efficiency and allow us to gain more visibility into our patent docket, resulting in greater control and reduced costs.”
First To File announced the availability of its Agent Access Portal (AAP) at the end of 2010. AAP significantly reduces the cost and other overhead associated with utilizing global patent agents, enabling them to securely and easily upload their work to EFR and appropriately alerting case owners and updating audit logs. AAP also reduces patent prosecution risk by eliminating E: threads that may contain discoverable material.
The Workflow Management Module (WFMM) enables patent teams to automate and manage the business processes needed to create the wide range of documents and forms required throughout a patent’s lifecycle. Custom, multi-step, multi-participant workflows can be created, including for common activities such as preparing invention disclosure statements and responding to office actions. WFMM ensures that complex, time-sensitive patent prosecution processes are handled efficiently and on time, avoiding missed deadlines and late fees and providing unprecedented visibility and control.
“First To File is transforming the practice of patent prosecution at law firms and companies of every size,” said James Bergeron, Chief Executive Officer, First To File. “Our Electronic File Room patent document management platform and its companion Workflow Management Module and Agent Access Portal tightly and seamlessly integrate with all popular docketing solutions, making patent prosecution workflow more manageable, secure, and efficient.”
About First To File (FTF)
First To File (firsttofile.com) is a legal services technology business based in San Mateo, Calif. First to File’s mission is to transform the manner in which IP professionals conduct business by automating the storage, management, and analysis of legal documents worldwide, enabling lawyers to more effectively add value to their organizations. FTF’s Electronic File Room (EFR) is a Web-based patent document management and prosecution automation service for IP organizations and law firms of all sizes. EFR reduces companies’ reliance on paper and transforms the manner in which they prosecute their patents, increasing overall visibility, efficiency, and patent quality while significantly reducing costs.
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