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Workshare Receives U.S. Patent for Document Collaboration Technology

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

San Francisco, CA -- Workshare announced it was awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, patent number 7,496,841, "Method and System For Document Collaboration," which extends document collaboration technology between a managing author using a document management system (DMS) and one or more contributing authors. The ability to control the master document while multiple contributors simultaneously edit the document outside the DMS represents a technology leap for document version control.

Historically document management systems have provided the infrastructure for document version control where a managing author needs to maintain control over the evolution of the document. By leveraging Workshare with traditional systems, as well as new technologies like Microsoft SharePoint, organizations can improve the control and security of a document while greatly increasing user productivity and their return on the DMS investment.

Changes made to documents posted to collaborative workspaces are automatically tracked, extracted, and synchronized with changes made from all other contributor sources, such as review copies returned by email. Workshare's solutions are used by more than one million legal professionals to easily control the master document version while enforcing corporate security policies to remove hidden or proprietary information.

Some of the most compelling solutions today improve the ROI of existing infrastructure investments," said Workshare General Manager Babak Salimi. "This latest patent represents Workshare's commitment to delivering innovative document solutions that make people more productive and simplify the task of managing document exchanges."

Workshare delivers a combination of desktop and server products that allow knowledge workers to create and collaborate on documents and securely share information with users within and outside an organization. With Workshare, organizations can deliver reliable document comparison and review, and ensure the necessary compliance and risk management processes are enforced in order to protect sensitive information.

About Workshare

Workshare, a global leader in technology for the legal industry, enables organizations to control and manage information securely. More than one million professionals rely on Workshare solutions to increase productivity and safeguard their confidential information; ultimately securing their intellectual property, customer relationships and the organization's reputation. Workshare's document comparison and collaboration solutions provide risk management and security to over 14,000 organizations worldwide and has offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, London, France, Germany, Hong Kong, and Australia. For more information, visit

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