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Rochester, N.Y. - September 5, 2001 -, an online provider of intellectual property services including consulting and valuation headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. with offices in Virginia Beach, VA, has partnered with, Inc., the leading online provider of intellectual property defensive publication services.

Users of can publish their invention disclosures directly on the Disclosure Database, an online IP database that also offers a search facility. A visit to will lead the inventor to either the option of full public disclosure or complete private disclosure.

"We are very pleased to provide our clients with's defensive publication resources, a critical asset to our comprehensive IP service offerings", comments Carla O. Grune, director of IT and software development for ePM. "We see that's defensive publishing services will provide a strategic advantage to our clients' and their IP portfolios. will place invention disclosures in front of worldwide patent examiners to assist them in preventing the issuance of overly broad patents. Publications in the database will be safeguarded at launch with digital watermarking, to establish document integrity; and availability tracking, to prove public domain access; so publications can support invalidity defenses at trial if called upon.

"Under this agreement, clients will have instant access to's rapid publishing solution to assist them in implementing comprehensive intellectual property strategies", said Thomas Colson, CEO of We look forward to working closely with ePatentmanager in providing a more robust IP toolset and solution set to their clients.

About is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. with offices in Virginia Beach, VA. Our team of associates includes patent agents highly skilled in various technological fields, IT specialists and MBA's each with more than 10 years experience in their respective disciplines.'s goal is to become the best and most reasonably priced intellectual property consultancy. ePM delivers expertise in IP valuation, prior art searching with an emphasis on assisting those with IT needs, managing current and future IP portfolios, and overall IP strategy.

For more information, visit; or call 1-757-486-2088/1-757-570-1921.

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