Fluidigm Selects First To File for Patent Document Management

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  • (1888PressRelease) June 03, 2011 - SAN MATEO, Calif. - First To File® (FTF), the world's leading patent document management company, today announced that Fluidigm Corporation (NASDAQ: FLDM) has selected FTF's Electronic File Room™ (EFR) patent document management service to automate and enhance its patent prosecution effort.

    Fluidigm, recognized last year by MIT Technology Review magazine as one of the "50 Most Innovative Companies in the World," develops, manufactures, and markets microfluidic systems for growth markets in the life science and agricultural biotechnology industries.

    Intellectual property protection is strategically important to Fluidigm. The company carefully evaluated a variety of available options on the market before selecting First To File. EFR's unique Tri-Fold user interface, which mirrors the three-part paper folders that are familiar to every practicing patent attorney, was a factor in the selection. More information about FTF and EFR are available at www.firsttofile.com.

    "Streamlined efficiency is particularly important to Fluidigm's patent prosecution effort. As a relatively small team responsible for this mission-critical function within Fluidigm, we must effectively protect our intellectual property and ensure that Fluidigm's innovation in critical areas, such as single-cell analysis, support our leadership position," said Steven Collier, senior director of intellectual property, Fluidigm. "First To File's EFR provides Fluidigm with the paperless automation we need to reduce costs and to leverage the full value of our patent portfolio."

    "Patent teams of every size, from hundreds of attorneys and patent agents distributed across continents to sole practitioners, benefit from the cost savings, risk reduction, and automation that First To File's Electronic File Room delivers," said James Bergeron, chief executive officer, First To File. "In-house and in law firms, First To File has become the gold standard of patent document management."

    About First To File
    First To File (FTF) 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 is a registered trademark 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.

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    brian ( @ ) prequent dot com

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