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AOL Propelled Lawyers Onto the Internet

Verizon announced this morning that it is selling its media business – AOL and Yahoo – for $5 Billion. I couldn’t help but recall how AOL launched me from a practicing lawyer to a legal tech entrepreneur. The same was true for many other lawyers. AOL was the entry to the Internet in the 1990’s. Heck, we did not even call “it” the Internet or the World Wide Web (WWW). We called AOL an online community that we accessed via our home phone lines plugged into a disc we picked up at Barn...
Tags: Verizon, Yahoo, Law, Uncategorized, Aol, Wisconsin, Seattle, Barnes, Westlaw, Martindale, Google AOL


EDTex vs WDTex

Here is a simple chart counting law review articles discussing both patent law and either the “Eastern District of Texas” or “Western District of Texas” (or both).  Because of some law review delays and dating-games, Westlaw can really only provide data through 2019. W.D.Tex. is now the most popular district court for patent infringement claims, followed by Delaware.  E.D.Tex. still caries weight, but is no longer the go-to-district (because of venue restrictions).
Tags: Texas, Law, Delaware, Patent, Westlaw, Tex, Western District of Texas


The Geek in Review Ep. 114: Pablo Arredondo on CaseText’s New WeSearch Tool and How the Neural Net Is Making Its Way Into Legal Information

We hope that you like your Geek in Review with a little extra geekiness this week because we dive in with CaseText’s Chief Product Officer Pablo Arredondo on their innovative search tool, WeSearch.  This completely unique method of indexing texts into what Arredondo calls a “sublimely complex, 768-dimensional vector space”  creates a truly beautiful, and useful method of searching not just the words in the documents, but the concepts and meanings of those documents. Unlike the Artificial Intelli...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Podcast, Law, Uncategorized, Artificial Intelligence, New York Times, University Of Houston, Accenture, Casetext, Coke, Search Tools, Mckinsey, Gensler, Greg


Direct-to-Consumers Captivates Legal Publishing

Until the last ten or fifteen years, legal publishing has been the exclusive domain of large traditional publishers. WestLaw (later Thomson Reuters), Reed Elsevier (owner of LexisNexis), Wolters Kluwer, Bloomberg/BNA, ALM (f/k/a American Lawyer Media) and many others. In addition to fulltime writers and editors, such publishers considered niche focused contributions from practicing lawyers and academics. Such contributors did not own their content, the publisher to which the submissi...
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Law, Uncategorized, Disney, New York Times, Ben Smith, Zuck, Westlaw, Peloton, American Lawyer Media, Thomson Reuters Reed Elsevier, LexisNexis Wolters Kluwer Bloomberg BNA


Udemy Qualifies for 512(c) Safe Harbor for User-Uploaded Courses–Kinsley v. Udemy

This case involves two videos by Kinsley that third parties uploaded to the education site Udemy. Udemy promptly honored Kinsley’s takedown notices, but he sued anyways. In a fairly efficient opinion, the court grants summary judgment that Udemy qualifies for the Section 512(c) safe harbor. Some of the statutory analysis: Service Provider. Udemy “provides online services to its users in the form of its courses.” Standard Technical Measures. “There is nothing in the record to indicate that Udemy ...
Tags: Law, Court, Copyright, Udemy, Kinsey, Westlaw, Kinsley, Derivative Liability, Udemy Inc, Standard Technical Measures, Control Udemy


Judge Denies ROSS’s Motion to Dismiss Thomson Reuters’ Copyright Lawsuit

The judge in the copyright lawsuit brought by Thomson Reuters against ROSS Intelligence has denied ROSS’s motion to dismiss the case, finding that TR’s allegations are sufficient to allow the case to proceed to discovery. In a memorandum opinion issued yesterday, Delaware U.S. District Chief Judge Leonard P. Stark ruled that TR had sufficiently alleged the four elements of a copyright claim: the original works that are the subject of the claim, ownership of the copyrights in those works, registr...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Thomson Reuters, Ross, Westlaw, Stark, U S Copyright Office, ROSS Intelligence, Andrew Arruda, Leonard P Stark, Delaware U S District, Thomson-Reuters-v-ROSS, Motion to Dismiss Thomson Reuters


Thomson Reuters Asks Court To Dismiss ROSS’s Monopoly Claim

When last we left off in the federal court battle in which legal research giant Thomson Reuters is suing now-shuttered legal research startup ROSS Intelligence for copyright infringement, ROSS had filed a counterclaim alleging that TR is violating federal antitrust law by maintaining monopolistic and anticompetitive control over the legal research market. Yesterday, TR responded to that counterclaim, filing a motion asking the court to dismiss ROSS’s counterclaim, asserting that it fails to stat...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Thomson Reuters, Ross, Casemaker, Wilmington Del, Westlaw, ROSS Intelligence, West Publishing, 3rd U S Circuit Court of Appeals TR, Jack B Blumenfeld, Michael J Flynn, Morris Nichols Arsht Tunnell TR


Former ROSS CEO Leaps from Law to Medicine with New Startup

After a copyright lawsuit forced the company he cofounded to shut down last December, Andrew Arruda, the cofounder and former CEO of legal research startup ROSS Intelligence, has now taken the helm as CEO of a new software company, this time in the medical field. Arruda announced the company, Automate Medical, in a post yesterday on Medium. The company plans to develop products to digitize data from diagnostic tests and lab reports and then create analytic dashboards for health professionals to ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Toronto, Ibm, Watson, Silicon Valley, University of Toronto, Thomson Reuters, Ross, Cto, Forbes, Denton, Joshua Kelly, Westlaw, ROSS Intelligence, Thomas Hamilton


The Geek in Review Ep. 109 – What’s Next for Jeroen Plink?

For nearly the past twenty-five years, Jeroen Plink worked on the cutting edge of innovation in the legal market ranging from creating software to help with project management and process improvement, to being the CEO of Clifford Chance Applied Solutions. His passion for looking at issues from unique perspectives, as well as his dislike for inefficient processes and waste, has led to a number of successes in legal innovation during this time. As he moves on from the Alternative Legal Service Pro...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Europe, Podcast, UK, England, New York, London, Justice, Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, US, Library Management, United States, Netherlands


TOS Isn’t a Browsewrap or a Clickwrap, But the Judge Upholds It Anyways–Regan v. Pinger

This case doesn’t break much new ground doctrinally, but it’s a characteristically clear opinion from Judge Koh that offers some helpful lessons/reminders. The app in question is called “Sideline,” “a paid service that allows users to create a ‘virtual,’ alternative telephone line for their mobile phone.” For reasons the court doesn’t explain, the plaintiff used the app heavily, creating 186 different accounts over several years. The plaintiff broke off the relationship because the defendant all...
Tags: Amazon, Uber, Law, E-commerce, Meyer, Nicosia, Koh, Regan, Westlaw, TCPA, Licensing/Contracts, Tos, Cullinane, Pinger, Sideline App the Court, Pinger Inc


ROSS on a Break, as Other Friends Marry

The news of the demise of ROSS Intelligence appears to be a disappointing blow for some Canadian and US lawyers; beyond their jurisdictions, it has little relevance. As litigation proceeds, in the form of an antitrust claim against Thomson Reuters, alleging research monopoly, the story may not be over, and it may be for the courts to evaluate the relative merits in that particular case; others are more competent than I am to comment on both the specific facts and legalities of it. What I read, h...
Tags: Law, US, Wiley, Thomson Reuters, Ross, Wolters Kluwer, THOMSON, Westlaw, Jason Wilson, Wasserstein, ROSS Intelligence, Legal Publishing, Bloomberg Law, Reed Elsevier, Ross Rachel, Mead Data


Secondary Factors vs Objective Indicia of Nonobviousness

by Dennis Crouch I wrote earlier about the Supreme Court petition in Amarin Pharma, Inc. v. Hikma Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. (Supreme Court 2021) that focuses on secondary considerations of non-obviousness such as commercial success and long-felt un-met need.  There has been a small movement over the years to refer to these as “objective indicia of nonobviousness” as opposed to secondary considerations.  That movement did not arise with the Supreme Court.  Rather, the Supreme Court has repeatedly ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Graham, Patent, Federal Court, Westlaw, Dennis Crouch, Teleflex, KSR, Amarin, Amarin Pharma Inc, Hikma Pharmaceuticals USA Inc Supreme Court, Supreme Court Rather the Supreme Court


Politician Can Block Constituents at Twitter–If It’s a “Campaign” Account–Campbell v. Reisch

This is another case challenging an elected official’s blocking of a constituent’s Twitter account on First Amendment grounds. It’s a 2-1 Eighth Circuit ruling that appears to distance itself from the approach of the Second and Fourth Circuits. As Eric notes, plaintiff may seek en banc review and perhaps take it further. (The Supreme Court is considering the government’s request to review the cases against ex-President Trump for blocking constituents on Twitter. Given Twitter’s ban of Trump, the...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Kentucky, Court, Social Media, West, BLM, Randall, Knight Foundation, Trump, Morgan, Campbell, Eric


In Latest Litigation Gambit, ROSS Files Antitrust Claim Against Thomson Reuters, Alleging Research Monopoly

In the continuing litigation between now-shuttered legal research startup ROSS Intelligence and long-established legal research giant Thomson Reuters, ROSS today filed an amended answer in which it raises a new counterclaim, asserting that TR is violating federal antitrust law by maintaining monopolistic and anticompetitive control over the legal research market. “Westlaw has for far too long impermissibly controlled legal research and restricted access to the public law,” ROSS cofounder and CEO...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Thomson Reuters, Ross, Westlaw, ROSS Intelligence, Andrew Arruda, LegalEase Solutions, Thomson Reuters ROSS


Longtime Competitors Fastcase and Casemaker Merge, Reshaping the Legal Research Landscape

In news akin to a wedding announcement jointly issued by the Hatfields and the McCoys, two longtime competitors in the legal research market, Casemaker and Fastcase, have merged, creating a single company under the Fastcase brand that has an estimated subscriber base of more than three quarters of all lawyers in the United States. Just over a year ago, the two companies were in litigation against each other in federal court in Atlanta over Casemaker’s claims of copyright in Georgia administrativ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, America, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, Ohio, Thomson Reuters, Fastcase, Casemaker, Cincinnati, Walters, Westlaw, District of Columbia the U S Virgin Islands, Rosenthal, Ohio State Bar Association


20 For 2020: The Legal Tech Trends that Defined the Year

Whoa, what the f*&% just happened? This was a year few of us will ever forget. It brought untold hardships for many and unfamiliar challenges for all of us. To those who suffered losses of loved ones or illness, to those who lost their jobs or their homes, to any and all who suffered scars this year, I offer my heartfelt condolences. But in the world of legal technology and innovation, the phrase I heard often repeated this year was “silver lining.” It was a silver lining in the form of an accel...
Tags: Utah, New York, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Law, California, Massachusetts, New York City, Israel, Uncategorized, America, San Francisco, United States, Arizona, New Zealand, Wisconsin


My Most-Read Posts of 2020

In a year dominated and defined by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is surprising that most of my top-read stories this year had nothing to do with the pandemic. Instead, they were about ransomware attacks, regulatory reform, industry news, and new legal research tools. Every year since 2010, I have compiled a year-end list of my most-popular posts. The results have always been interesting. Three years ago, by a wide margin, my top-viewed post was about the debut of the LegalBoard, a keyboard designed ...
Tags: Utah, Law, Uncategorized, Arizona, Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis, Westlaw, ROSS Intelligence, Alma Asay, Mohamed Hassan, Westlaw Westlaw, Epiq Global, Epiq Global Down As Company, All New Premium Legal Research Service, Historic Vote Utah Supreme Court


The Geek in Review Ep. 99 – The Who, What, and Why of #LegalTech with Kristin Hodgins and Jason Wilson

As we near the end of a very strange year, we thought we’d ask a couple of big thinkers to come on and have a no-holds-barred discussion on Legal Technology and Innovation. Kristin Hodgins is the Project Manager for Legal Innovation at Osler, Hoskins & Harcourt LLP in Toronto. Jason Wilson is a legal publisher and author who has worked at Thomson Reuters and O’Connor’s Publishing for over 20 years. We cover topics ranging from who are the thought leaders and where is the best community for legal...
Tags: Twitter, Podcast, New York, Texas, Justice, Law, Matt Damon, Uncategorized, US, Toronto, Innovation, Npr, Connor, Jason, Legal Tech, Kristen


A Rare Case of a Judge Relying on the Initial Interest Confusion Doctrine (Boo)–Nike v. Warren Lotas

This case involves Warren Lotas sneakers that claimed to reinterpret one of Nike’s allegedly iconic sneaker stylings. The Fashion Law summarized the case, including this depiction: The sneaker similarities are obvious, which isn’t surprising because Warren Lotas styled its product as a “reinterpretation” of the original. The face-like design added to the swoosh is the primary and most visible difference, but there are numerous other minor differences throughout each design that I’m sure true a...
Tags: Law, Court, Marketing, Nike, Brookfield, Trademark, Ninth Circuit, Nike Inc, Westlaw, Warren Lotas, Initial Interest Confusion Doctrine Boo, Ninth Circuit in Brookfield Commc ns Inc, WL Pigeon, Warren WL Pigeon, WL Broccolini, Nike Swoosh


ROSS Makes Next Move In Court, Pushing Forward In Fight Against Thomson Reuters Lawsuit

In what could be a strategic move to ensure its day in court, ROSS Intelligence made good this morning on its vow to continue fighting Thomson Reuters’ lawsuit against it, partially answering TR’s allegations and filing its own counterclaim against TR. The filings follow news, first reported here Friday, that ROSS will be shutting down its operations Jan. 31 under the pressure of the lawsuit, which has prevented it from raising new financing and made it an unattractive prospect for acquisition. ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Thomson Reuters, Ross, Westlaw, ROSS Intelligence, Andrew Arruda, LegalEase Solutions, Thomson Reuters ROSS


ROSS Intelligence Comes to a Close

It’s the type of story we like to bandy around in legal technology circles. Precocious law student interested in technology founds a start-up with some friends. They create some innovative solutions, and make it big enough to establish a company. In 2014, three students founded ROSS Intelligence, an artificial intelligence driven product using Watson, to build tools that enhance lawyers’ abilities through natural language queries. The company was widely celebrated as the type of successes that e...
Tags: Technology, Law, Canada, Watson, Ross, Westlaw, ROSS Intelligence, ROSS Intelligence Comes


Legal Research Company ROSS to Shut Down Under Pressure of Thomson Reuters’ Lawsuit

ROSS Intelligence, a company that sought to innovate legal research through the use of artificial intelligence, and that helped to raise awareness of AI throughout the legal industry, is shutting down its operations, as a lawsuit against it by Thomson Reuters has crippled its ability to raise new financing or explore potential acquisition and left it without sufficient funds to operate. “We have made the difficult decision to shut down operations at ROSS Intelligence,” the company said in a stat...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Toronto, David, Ibm, Watson, Silicon Valley, Globe, University of Toronto, Thomson Reuters, Ross, Cto, Forbes, Denton, Westlaw, Bay Street


Judge Questions Thomson Reuters’ Lawsuit Against ROSS Intelligence

During a hearing last Friday in the copyright lawsuit filed by legal research giant Thomson Reuters against legal research startup ROSS Intelligence, the judge presiding over the case questioned whether TR’s allegations in its complaint were complete speculation. “Why shouldn’t I understand what you are telling me to be, hey, we’re just completely speculating here that the defendant actually used some of our protected material,” Delaware U.S. District Chief Judge Leonard P. Stark asked TR’s atto...
Tags: New York, Law, Uncategorized, San Francisco, Thomson Reuters, Ross, Kirkland Ellis, Crowell Moring, Ramsey, Westlaw, Stark, ROSS Intelligence, Leonard P Stark, Cendali, LegalEase Solutions, Delaware U S District


Constitutional Challenge to Trump’s Anti-230 EO Fails–Rock the Vote v. Trump

[IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SO, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE VOTE!] This is one of two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of Trump’s anti-Section 230 executive order from May. Because the EO said a lot (mostly lies) but did very little, the main question is whether anyone has the requisite standing. The court summarizes the standing difficulties in this lawsuit: Plaintiffs’ novel First Amendment claims are a step removed from the typical kind. It is not that plaintiffs claim that their rights ...
Tags: Facebook, Fcc, Law, Congress, US, Doj, Trump, Westlaw, BazaarVoice, Content Regulation, Derivative Liability, YYGM, Redbubble Prager U, Google Davison, Facebook US, Sedelsky


Some interesting early accounting of Judge Amy Coney Barrett's interesting Seventh Circuit criminal justice work

Over at Reason, Jacob Sullum last week already assembled and assessed in this lengthy piece a review of Seventh Circuit Judge (and now SCOTUS nominee) Amy Coney Barrett's judicial record regarding the "treatment of criminal defendants' constitutional and statutory claims."  I recommend that thorough review, and here is part of its lead in: When it comes to the rights of criminal defendants and the actions of law enforcement agencies, the "conservative" label covers a wide range of attitudes.  A...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Donald Trump, Abc News, Trump, Antonin Scalia, New Republic, Scalia, Barrett, U S Court of Appeals, Westlaw, 7th Circuit, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Jacob Sullum


Legal Bloggers Must Tell Readers How the Law Applies to Them

Too many blogging lawyers report the law, rather than share an interpretation of the law. At the same time, it’s the interpretation of the law – what the law means to them – that blog readers are looking for. When it comes down to it, any second year law student can report the law. They’ve done plenty of it already in law school. You can also hire people who are not lawyers to write your legal blog posts. Other lawyers hire lawyers who are not practicing and have no expertise in the ni...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Rush Limbaugh, Cross, Westlaw, Darryl Cross


Hands On with Lexis+, New Premium Research Service from LexisNexis That Officially Launches Today

Two months ago, LexisNexis announcing its planned launch of a premium legal research service, Lexis+, which it said would take a bold approach to providing legal research, AI-driven analytics and practical guidance within a unified and fully integrated platform. As I reported at the time, the company positioned the new service not as a successor to its current research platform, Lexis Advance, but rather as a higher-end alternative designed for users who want an all-in-one, end-to-end platform t...
Tags: Law, Massachusetts, Uncategorized, Georgia, Bloomberg, Canada, Thomson Reuters, Lexis, Casetext, State Farm, LexisNexis, Shepard, Westlaw, New Shepard, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Advance


Hands On with Lexis+, New Premium Research Service from LexisNexis That Officially Launches Today

Two months ago, LexisNexis announcing its planned launch of a premium legal research service, Lexis+, which it said would take a bold approach to providing legal research, AI-driven analytics and practical guidance within a unified and fully integrated platform. As I reported at the time, the company positioned the new service not as a successor to its current research platform, Lexis Advance, but rather as a higher-end alternative designed for users who want an all-in-one, end-to-end platform t...
Tags: Law, Massachusetts, Uncategorized, Georgia, Bloomberg, Canada, Thomson Reuters, Lexis, Casetext, State Farm, LexisNexis, Shepard, Westlaw, New Shepard, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Advance


Fastcase Acquires Technology and Staff of Innovative Legal Research Platform Judicata

In a move that could dramatically reshape the legal research market going forward, legal research and publishing company Fastcase has acquired the technology and employees of the California legal research platform Judicata, promising to take its unique technology to all 50 states. One of the most innovative legal research platforms in the U.S., Judicata came to market in 2017, after spending five years in stealth mode teasing the promise of a better legal research service. Its unique premise was...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, California, Uncategorized, San Francisco, Paypal, Peter Thiel, Columbia University, Aaron Levie, Fastcase, University of Wisconsin Madison, Walters, Westlaw, Dylan Smith, Ed Walters