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Adobe, PTC Offer Enhanced Protection

NEEDHAM, Mass. -- PTC (Nasdaq:PMTC), the Product Development Company® and Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE), today announced an agreement to expand their existing relationship to integrate the Adobe® LiveCycle Rights Management ES software with PTC® Pro/ENGINEER®. Together, Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management ES and Pro/ENGINEER will provide product development organizations with robust digital rights management (DRM) capabilities that apply persistent document security and management to Pro/ENGINEER models, as well as specification sheets and supporting design documents (in PDF, DOC and XLS format), inside and outside the firewall.

Product development organizations began employing globalization strategies to outsource manufacturing in an effort to reduce production costs in the 1970s. The outsourcing of manufacturing can be considered as the starting point for global product development (GPD), a trend that has continued to evolve over the past 30 years and now includes outsourcing and off shoring of core design and development work. The integration of LiveCycle Rights Management ES and Pro/ENGINEER will help protect intellectual property in global product development environments. Users will be able to effectively manage document policies with capabilities for controlling access, auditing, expiration and revocation of models and documents even after they have been distributed. This level of security helps to ensure that only intended recipients can open a protected file inside and outside the firewall and that files can be made to expire on a specific date, or if necessary revoked immediately.

“We are pleased to partner with PTC to expand the depths of Adobe’s DRM offerings. LiveCycle Rights Management ES in conjunction with Pro/ENGINEER delivers ground-breaking advancements in intellectual property protection for our customers,” said David Mendels, senior vice president, Enterprise and Developer Business Unit at Adobe. “For intellectual property created throughout the product development process, this new integrated DRM solution allows organizations to extend their investments in Acrobat, PDF, and Pro/ENGINEER technologies to protect sensitive product information in any form.”

Adobe Systems Inc.