CPA Global drives move to paperless IP management with acquisition of First To File

CPA Global today announced the acquisition of First To File, a Silicon Valley-based developer of electronic document management systems, specifically tailored for the IP industry.

The acquisition enables CPA Global to offer clients a proven, IP-specific, electronic document management system (DMS) that can be delivered either as an independent service or tightly integrated with CPA Global’s market-leading IP management software solutions. CPA Global and First To File already have a number of clients using both companies’ products in an integrated solution; and this acquisition will accelerate the level of integration between the products. First To File will also continue to actively support IP management and docketing systems from other vendors.

With headquarters in San Mateo, California, and operations in Boise, Idaho, First To File develops secure SaaS-based document management and collaboration solutions tailored to corporate IP departments and law firm IP practices. First To File’s impressive client roster includes Fortune 500 companies and top IP law firms.

CPA Global Chief Executive Officer Peter Sewell said: “There is a clear trend within the IP community to move from paper to electronic document storage, driven by technological advances and changing business practices, as well as cost and sustainability considerations. Clients have been increasingly seeking support of paperless IP management, and I’m delighted that CPA Global can now provide this as part of our portfolio of value-added IP management services, with the acquisition of First To File.”

Peter Sewell continued: “First To File is an innovative company with excellent products and technical capabilities, strong client relationships, and high levels of customer satisfaction. With CPA Global’s backing in terms of investment, resources and our international network, First To File will be able to develop its potential and achieve further success as part of a major international group and the market leader in IP management. First To File’s current clients and prospects can be assured that our combined resources will provide a higher level of innovation and service, deeper integration with CPA Global, as well as on-going support of open integration with IP management solutions.”

James Bergeron, Chief Executive Officer of First To File, commented: “First To File is an established industry leader and technology innovator in providing digital IP document management solutions. CPA Global is also an industry leader and, with their support, I’m confident First To File will be able to reach new levels of product development, service delivery, and market penetration.”