AIPLA taps Lex Machina for legal analytics

American Intellectual Property Association to use data about trademarks, copyrights and patents to help members

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and Lex Machina, a leader in legal analytics, have joined forces to empower intellectual professionals with cutting edge data on trademarks, copyrights and other pertinent information and insights for stronger strategies and decisions. According to Lex Machina, AIPLA staff will use Lex Machina's Legal Analytics to better supplement their ongoing debates and discussions with thought leaders about the future of IP.

AIPLA member attorneys and others in the IP professionals will receive a 10 percent discount on Lex Machina’s leading software-as-a-service product. Lex Machina officially announced the launch of their updated product and the category of legal analytics in October. The partnership reflects their commitment to working with leading professional organizations to support the adoption of data-driven legal decision making.

AIPLA has recognized that its membership needs to be equipped with the resources needed to thrive, to compete and to grow in a competitive market. "Data-based analytics in IP law continues to grow in importance, and Lex Machina's software is at the forefront of this new wave of legal technology,” said Q. Todd Dickinson, AIPLA’s Executive Director. “We're very excited to partner with Lex Machina to help keep our members at the cutting edge of these developments."

Lex Machina which is Latin for “Law Machine” was born in 2009 from a three-year-old Stanford University Law School and Computer Science Department project called IP Litigation Clearinghouse. According to the San Francisco Business Journal, Lex Machina’s “web crawlers” have compiled data from 147,000 intellectual property cases from 2000 to the present, including 41,000 patent cases, 42,000 copyright cases, 50,000 trademark cases and 11,000 antitrust cases. Where patents are concerned, the technology grabs documents from the courts and from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and renders them searchable.

What is Lex Machina and its function to the world Intellectual Property law?

According to techcrunch, a fundamental problem in the world of IP litigation was the lack of available information to both plaintiffs and defendants. “Granular data” like the identity of the plaintiff and defendants, the judicial district, judges and attorneys involved in a case are of high value to those involved in litigation decision-making is aiming to make this information available. Companies can use Lex Machina data to compare their performance in IP litigation against the performance of their competitors in similar litigations.

Telecrunch notes that since most patent litigations involve multiple defendants, this can be a powerful tool not only for competitive intelligence, but also to identify strategic alliances and to coordinate defense efforts with other defendants. Of course, the data can also be useful to non-practicing entities (“NPE”) to identify potentially easy targets for assertion campaigns.


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