Reckitt Benckiser Implements First To File IP Information Management System to Increase Efficiency and Collaborate Globally

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SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First To File® (FTF), a leading provider of SaaS-based IP management technology, announced today that Reckitt Benckiser (RB) a global consumer goods leader with operations in over 60 countries in the health, hygiene and home industries, has successfully implemented FTF's Electronic File Room (EFR) web-based IP information management technology.

RB's patent team selected First To File because of its unique ability to give lawyers and administrative staff centralized, global access to IP documents and correspondence. All documents are quickly stored and rapidly accessed, even remotely via laptops and mobile devices such as iPads and smartphones, and a full auditable trail of activity is tracked for each file. Also, EFR's Outlook plug-in integration allows users to upload documents directly from email, a feature that saves time and has been very favorably received by RB. Due to EFR's uncluttered, easy-to- use interface that mimics the data organization IP counsel are familiar with, RB's lawyers and staff were using the system within a few days from launch.

Karen Cawdell, VP General Counsel, Patents for RB, explained, "First To File's Electronic File Room is streamlined and user-friendly, effectively transforming our previously paper-based workflow which had been costly, inefficient and impractical over multiple sites. The web-based system works within our internal security and firewall and integrates smoothly with our CPI docketing software. First To File was the only provider to offer an Outlook email plug-in which has made the transition to electronic storage very smooth."

Ms. Cawdell adds, "The implementation process has been a very positive experience and we have been greatly impressed with the level of proactivity, service and commitment we've seen from First To File. We feel well-supported and have great confidence in the company and its technical team."

First To File CEO James P. Bergeron commented, "We are pleased that Reckitt Benckiser has implemented our Electronic File Room to streamline and help modernize its global IP practice. Our technology replaces paper-intensive operations with increased efficiency, creating an always-available document repository and IP automation tools. Today's corporations and IP law firms are highly motivated to go paperless due to drivers like mobile accessibility, competition, cost reduction and productivity. Because of these compelling factors, we are definitely seeing a significant increase in adoption of automated, paperless IP systems, both in the US and around the globe."

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About First To File

Founded in 2006, First To File (FTF) 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 or follow us on Twitter @FirstToFile or Facebook at

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About Reckitt Benckiser

Reckitt Benckiser (RB) is a global consumer goods leader in health, hygiene and home which is led by 19 global power brands that account for 70% of their net revenue. RB is in the top 25 of companies listed on the London Stock Exchange and since 2000 net revenues have doubled and the market cap has quadrupled. The company has operations in over 60 countries, with headquarters in the UK, Singapore, Dubai and Amsterdam, and sales in almost 200 countries. The company employs about 38,000 people worldwide.

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