International law firm Pinsent Masons has hooked up with litigation analytics startup, Solomonic, to develop an IP disputes analytics module, as the legal tech company steadily expands the circle of major firms it works with to help predict dispute outcomes.
The company has been working with the likes of Herbert Smith Freehills, Stewarts and HFW. Solomonic uses a mix of skilled lawyers, and NLP input and data modelling, to come to its conclusions about a case.
This collaboration with Pinsents will mean that in addition to a subscription to the platform’s existing modules for the UK’s Commercial and Chancery courts, Pinsents’ IP lawyers will work with the Solomonic team to develop a new module with publicly available data from the UK’s IP courts, the company said.
This will ‘provide an additional layer of insight to help inform risk reduction, claims management and enhance disputes strategies‘.
The two firms are also hoping to work together in the future on further developments as part of the partnership, they said.
Litigation analysis and prediction has seen a surge in interest in the last two years on both sides of the Atlantic, and also in France.
Christopher Sharp, IP partner, Pinsents, said: ‘As litigators we draw on our experience to assess judicial attitudes and likely outcomes in cases. Solomonic will allow us to take that one step further by using intelligent data analytics to help advise clients on a statistical basis how a particular judge might approach a certain legal issue in a case, for instance, whether a judge is more or less likely to grant an interim injunction, or whether decisions of foreign courts are looked upon favourably. This will provide an extra dimension for our clients when considering case strategy and execution.’
While Gideon Cohen, Co-founder, Solomonic, said: ‘By combining Solomonic’s deep analysis of judgments and court documents with Pinsent Masons’ market leading expertise and reach we will be able to deliver a unique layer of data-driven litigation and business intelligence to users.’
And, David Halliwell, Director of Client Solutions, Pinsents, added: ‘For several years we have built solutions that combine innovative resourcing and processes with technology, now we’re increasingly working with providers whose mature technologies have the potential to advance and complement our existing solutions.’
The last point is especially interesting as Pinsents has been well-known as a firm that has often sought to build its own tech products for its lawyers’ use.