First To File® (FTF), the world’s leading patent document management company, today announced that Nixon & Vanderhye P.C., one of the nation’s top intellectual property law firms, has selected FTF’s Web-based Electronic File Room™ (EFR) patent document management service (in conjunction with the related Work Flow Management Module (WFMM) and the Agent Access Portal (AAP)) to enhance its highly regarded patent prosecution practice. EFR enables Nixon & Vanderhye to increase efficiency, to reduce its reliance on paper files, and to better meet the needs of its growing client roster. More information about FTF and EFR is available at firsttofile.com/.
Nixon & Vanderhye is perennially one of the nation’s top dozen law firms when measured by number of granted patents. In 2010, the firm was ranked #10 out of 365 firms for patents by IP Today and has consistently ranked in the top 4% of firms since the inception of that ranking.
Approximately two years ago, the firm began seeking a paperless patent document management solution to address several challenges. First, the firm realized it was running out of physical space to store its massive and growing volume of paper files. Also, an electronic solution would provide convenient remote access to files for traveling attorneys and other remote workers, eliminating the need for physical file delivery or the creation of working copies. An electronic solution would also reduce costs for the firm and its clients and would enable the firm to collaborate more closely with its clients via a sharable document repository.
A significant factor in Nixon & Vanderhye’s selection of FTF’s EFR was the service’s unique Tri-Fold® user interface, which mirrors the three-part paper folders that are familiar to every practicing patent attorney. The user interface was deemed critical to ease of use and adoption. Other important factors in the selection were the ability to flexibly tailor workflows to reflect firm-wide processes as well as processes particular to specific clients or attorneys and EFR’s seamless integration with the firm’s IPMaster docketing system.
“Nixon & Vanderhye has a vision of business that is driven by digital media,” said Bryan Davidson, shareholder, Nixon & Vanderhye. “Deploying First To File’s Electronic File Room is an important part of our strategy for achieving that vision, and the high quality of the EFR service and the team that supports it puts us at ease as we enter this all-digital world.”
“First To File is partnering with leading law firms and corporations around the world to bring the benefits of digital storage, search, delivery, and collaboration to their patent practices,” said James Bergeron, chief executive officer, First To File. “EFR is the solution of choice for filing, prosecuting, sharing, and securing intellectual property in any size organization.”
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.
First To File and Tri-Fold are registered trademarks of First To File, Inc. Electronic File Room is a trademark of First To File, Inc. Other names may be trademarks of their respective holders.