In 2009, Young & Thompson implemented a web-based patent prosecution workflow and document management system, in cooperation with the solutions provider First to File. 


The system in use by Young & Thompson has successfully completed the rigorous SAS 70 Type II certification, an internationally recognized auditing standard developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The SAS 70 process assures our clients that our system meets the highest standards for security and has the appropriate controls and safeguards in place.


Furthermore, the U.S. Department of Commerce has certified the system in use by Young & Thompson as being fully compliant with the “Safe Harbor” data and privacy protection framework that was jointly developed by the United States and the European Commission (EC).


Since implementation, some of benefits realized by the transition to this system include:

  • Environmentally Friendly Operations - The elimination of thousands of hard copy paper file records puts less strain on the planet we all share.


  • Improved Efficiency - The establishment of a digital and paperless office means that our patent practitioners are only a few clicks away from accessing the right file from anywhere in the world.

  • Secure Client Uploads - Access to the Agent Access Portal permits our clients and colleagues to upload documents into our system via a secure link to realize the efficiency associated with electronic communication, while avoiding the security concerns associated with e-mail correspondence.

Client/Agent Access Portal

Click on the above logo to securely log onto The Electronic File Room™ provided by Young & Thompson and first to file ®

Register to use the Agent Access Portal by sending an email to with the reference, “request for agent access portal username and password.” We will reply with an e-mail providing you a username and password that you can then use for all correspondence via the Agent Access Portal.

Click Here to learn how to use the Agency Access Portal