Last month Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) acquired EchoSign, a leading Web-based provider of electronic signatures and signature automation.

At the time of announcing the acquisition, Adobe stated:

“By reducing the time and costs of having documents signed with traditional methods, such as fax and overnight envelopes, the EchoSign solution can enable customers to significantly accelerate sales cycles, improve tracking and centralize the management of signed agreements through a simple to use cloud service.

“With just one click, the EchoSign electronic signature solution automates the entire signature process from the request for signature to the distribution and execution of the form or agreement. The EchoSign solution provides a secure subscription-based service to individuals, small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and enterprise customers, enabling real-time visibility into the signature process and automatically storing and managing all signed documents.”

“Bringing together EchoSign’s ease of use for contracting on the Web with Adobe’s brand, reach and trust in the document space, I fully expect that electronic signatures will soon become the common way for people to sign documents,” said Jason Lemkin, chief executive officer, EchoSign. “With nothing to download, learn or install, there is simply no faster or more secure way for organizations to sign, track or file contracts – and close more business quickly.”   www.echosign.com

Articles and information about Electronic Signatures:
Electronic signatures are legal – commentary by  Noric Dilanchian
Electronic Signatures – by Russell Cocks (Smokeball Blog)
Electronic Signatures – Legally Binding – by Adobe