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Virginia Law Firm - Lowe Hauptman & Ham - Purchases First To File to Improve Workflow Efficiency and Support Expansion of Global Business Strategy

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

CPA Global’s First To File® (FTF), a leading provider of hosted intellectual property (IP) document management technology, announced today that Lowe Hauptman & Ham, LLP, an international IP law firm based in Alexandria, Virginia, is implementing its Electronic File Room™ for Patents (EFR-Patents) electronic IP information management system and its Workflow Management module.

First To File’s web-based technology will help the firm increase workflow visibility so partners can keep closer track of matter status. Also, from a business strategy standpoint, using First To File will allow Lowe Hauptman & Ham to reduce overhead costs by creating a collaboration platform that can be utilized by staff in its US headquarters and regional offices, as well as its international offices in Japan and Korea.

First To File’s software and services enable IP law firms and corporate legal departments to organize IP documents and correspondence electronically, enhancing collaboration and increasing efficiency.

Commenting on the selection of First To File, Chris Sale, Firm Administrator at Lowe Hauptman & Ham, said: “First To File will give us more visibility of a case’s status as it proceeds through each stage of prosecution in the firm. Our partners can monitor the workflow to see how matters are advancing, which gives them greater control. Also, First To File provides efficiencies for nationwide and global access, which will allow us to improve our bottom line and the connectivity with our offices in Japan and Korea, helping us better serve our international clients.”

Sale added that Lowe Hauptman & Ham’s technology-savvy staff are welcoming the intuitive First To File system. “Normally, once a task leaves the room, there’s no cost-effective way to provide visibility,” he said. “But with First To File’s Workflow Management, in just a few seconds you can see who has control of the matter and what stage they’re at with the work. This is especially critical so our attorneys can provide the best possible service to our current clients on a global scale. First To File also allows us to efficiently expand our business strategy. We can employ people anywhere in the US or overseas and they can all connect with the platform.”

Kurt Wedel, Vice President, Operations at CPA Global’s First To File, remarked: “A number of our customers, like Lowe Hauptman & Ham, are using First To File as the technology platform that enables global collaboration both in real time and for 'time-shifting’ tasks as needed across multiple time zones. Collaboration is vital whether a firm has just one office or many offices around the world. First To File provides Lowe Hauptman & Ham with unprecedented visibility, management and control over all the matters flowing through their firm across the globe.”

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About First To File

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 corporate IP/legal teams and law firms of all sizes. The Workflow Management module provides automation and management of the business processes associated with creating and prosecuting IP assets.

Used by Fortune 500 companies 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

About CPA Global

Founded in Jersey, Channel Islands in 1969, CPA Global is the world's leading intellectual property (IP) management and IP software specialist, and an international provider of outsourced legal services. With offices across Europe, the United States and Asia Pacific, CPA Global supports many of the world’s best known corporations and law firms with a range of IP and broader legal services, helping them to manage risk, cost and capacity.

CPA Global helps clients in managing valuable IP Rights, such as patents, designs and trademarks, ensuring that IP portfolios are protected, maintained and regularly reviewed in order to maximize value. CPA Global offers four market-leading IP management software solutions (FoundationIP, Inprotech, Ipendo, and Memotech) tailored towards different types of clients and their specific needs; First To File, the market-leading electronic document management system for IP; as well as Discover, one of the world’s most advanced patent search platforms. See:

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