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‘Crazy New Ideas’ in legal innovation

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  ‘ Crazy New Ideas ’ is a recent essay by Paul Graham, founder of Y Combinator. An accelerator that has backed crazy idea startups that include AIRBNB; letting strangers stay in your home on air mattresses. Unconventional solutions such as STRIPE; 2 lads from Ireland who have revolutionised taking card payments online with an enterprise value close to US$100 bn. And others covering nuclear fusion, biotech, crypto and a privately developed supersonic passenger aircraft. Reading this essay helped framed an idea I’d been mulling: There will never be Crazy New Ideas in legal innovation! And what’s interesting is why we can be confident of this. By innovation I don’t mean adoption of new technology for automation of existing processes for incremental gain. But truly transformative innovation that leads to wholly new processes or outputs. For the simple reason that law is a domain that is tightly constrained by statute and regulation. Certainly there will be improvements in speed and effici

The UKIPO gets it! Digitisation, APIs Transformation to be best in the world

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LawPanel were thrilled to be told that as part of the UKIPOs ambitious transformation and digitisation, their services would be accessible by API. So enabling direct, secure transfer of information from LawPanel to the UKIPO.  Removing any need for paper, online forms or other friction in the process that adds time, cost and risk of error. Instead workflows on LawPanel for new filings for trademarks, designs and patents, or renewals, change of representative, or IP owner will have the data submitted to the UKIPO instantly at the click of an icon. No copying and pasting into multi page forms for saving as pdfs and sending by email or post. The news came today from the UKIPOs Andy Bartlett, who’s leading ground up transformation of all UKIPO services and solutions, a far reaching programme that has begun and will run until 2026. With the explicit aim of making the UKIPO the best, most advanced IPO in the world.

Beyond docketing

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  Many firms and in-house counsel think of ‘IP software’ and ‘docketing database’ as interchangeable terms. Which is understandable as software tools for IP have only ever kept track of registry deadlines. With some add ons to assist with filing and checking local records in the docketing database against official ones at the registry. With Covid we’re seeing expectations change significantly. Firms of all sizes want better tools that do more. Not just to support work from home, but to reduce work and improve client service. For the full lifecycle of an IP right.  From on platform automated clearance searches for trademarks. Online forms for instructing searches and client areas to see results. Through automatic tracking of application status, built in watching and client tools for monitoring and reporting. And so much more. All of which reduce cognitive load and time, and improve client and user experience. Contact us now for a test drive.

New WordPress plugin for online internationtrademark services

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  During 2020 we’ve been working on a lot of new trademark functionality, covering search, filing, watching, and record management. With a lot of interest from firms wanting to offer trademark services online, particularly filing and fee quotations. As well as adding this functionality to a site using LawPanel’s APIs we have an even easier and quicker integration for WordPress sites using our new plugin. See it in action on  Trade Mark Direct Network  a new service focussed on easy international filings in any country, but with a particular focus on the EU, UK (now requiring separate registration after Brexit), USA and Canada, Australia and key European countries, with more to follow including online WIPO fee and ordering. This will be the first online calculator fo giving fee estimates for advice and search fees, as well as official fees.

Lawyers, AI and Keyser Söze

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  ‘And like that … he’s gone …he became a myth, a spook story.’ ‘The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.’ These great lines from the film ‘The Usual Suspects” came to mind during a recent legal AI panel discussion. The panel were well informed and discussing the provocative theme of whether AI will pose a threat to lawyers. Through their losing control, and should they be afraid? Nearly everyone on the panel, as well as those in the audience talked of ‘AI making decisions’. Now this was not unusual, go to any number of discussions on AI and they’ll follow this pattern. For many AI is entirely ephemeral. They know it’s increasingly used in E-discovery and contract automation. Leading them to fear it could be coming for them next. But they have no mental model or clear language for discussing AI. So there is a lack of clarity, and in the fog of confusion, the myth or spook story of AI as a potential slayer of lawyer’s livelihoods has grown. It’s

Trying LawPanel is painless

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  As the number of firms trying LawPanel grows daily we thought we’d give a quick overview of what this looks like. We make it easy Add just one or two portfolios to begin with. There are no fees during this phase. We do the data import and setup. We give you a data cleaning report showing missing fields and differences between local records and official records for major registries. We come in and show you how to make the most of the LawPanel platform. Then when you’re 100% satisfied of the benefits of LawPanel we can migrate over the rest of your data. And only then is there any cost for your firm. For a demo, trial, or just to find out more please  contact us

The Pizza problem, Machine learning and comprehensive trademark clearance searching

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  Thoughts on why current machine learning alone cannot fully automate comprehensive trademark clearance searching. A number of people and firms have applied machine learning techniques to the task of automating word mark clearance searching. And others, including the global head of R&D at one of the leading law firms, have suggested that it’s a valuable R&D path to try now. I’m not so sure that’s so.  We’ve tested search tools that are described as machine learning-driven and compared the results to those from our own search tool which uses a human-designed model of similarity  (US patent here  https://patents.google.com/patent/US20080228485A1/en  ) All are competent and useful for short text strings of a couple of words, particularly where both words are distinctive. However, the machine learning search tools are much less effective when one of the search strings is 3 or 4 or more words and distinctive terms are mixed in with descriptive words. If as a mental model one thinks