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One-Stop Resource for Domestic and International Trademark Research, Checklists, and Forms

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a specialized legal research service for trademark law, including tools for quickly obtaining answers across different circuit courts and international jurisdictions (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of a Microsoft Word add-in that enforces firm standards through automated document creation, including data connections to Outlook, document management systems, and other software, a legal research service that automatically locates statements of law in cases and directs you to the best authority for each of them, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

When you conduct trademark research, it can take a maddening amount of time just to get your bearings. You switch back and forth among several browser tabs, grapple with poorly designed government websites, try to recall which treatise to consult, etc. A better alternative is a single platform with everything you need.

WK Trademark Navigator … in One Sentence

Wolters Kluwer's WK Trademark Navigator is a research service for trademark practitioners, offering single-point access to case law, news, secondary sources, forms, and more.

The Killer Feature

WK Trademark Navigator now runs on the Cheetah platform, offering a modern user experience. A global search bar enables you to search all available references. Beneath the search bar is a dashboard with one-click access to all references and tools.

Case law includes published and unpublished TTAB opinions from 1993 to present. Search by case number, party, or keywords. WK Trademark Navigator also offers more than 160 forms available for download, the ability to search secondary sources such as Allen's Trademark Digest and Manual of Industrial Property (Brown Book), a daily news feed to keep you apprised of the latest trademark cases, and tools for analyzing and comparing requirements and costs in the United States and more than 230 international jurisdictions.

"Regardless of where you are in the process — research, search, application, appeal, or foreign registration — you'll find exactly what you need with WK Trademark Navigator," says Michelle Virzi, Product Manager, Intellectual Property, Wolters Kluwer. "We designed it as a single solution for a multifaceted process."

Other Notable Features

WK Trademark Navigator's news feed has become so popular you can receive the headlines via the Trademark Daily News email newsletter. Unlike competing services, case summaries are written by lawyers. Each case summary links to the court opinion for further investigation.

When clients have questions, WK Trademark Navigator's Smart Charts enable you to provide answers more quickly than a keyword search. For example, the Manual IP Trademark Smart Chart is based on Manual for the Handling of Applications for Patents, Designs and Trademarks throughout the World. After selecting a topic such as registrability of colors and one or more jurisdictions, the Smart Chart provides the answer for each selected jurisdiction with a link to the originating reference.

Other Smart Charts include Likelihood of Confusion by Circuit and TTAB Precedential Decisions. The Likelihood of Confusion by Circuit Smart Chart summarizes the test and factors for the circuit courts you choose. The TTAB Precedential Decisions Smart Chart provides the case citation, case summary, goods and services at issue, marks at issue, and year for the topics you choose.

Like Smart Charts, Checklists and Strategy Guides can save you time. One set of checklists walks you through the entire cancellation process before the TTAB. An accompany strategy guide provides insights and tips for both petitioners and respondents. Other checklists and strategy guides cover trademark filings, classification, and office actions.

What Else Should You Know?

WK Trademark Navigator links to three popular services — Alt Legal for filing domestic applications and responding to office actions, Corsearch for trademark screening and monitoring, and ktMINE for analyzing intellectual property data. Learn more about WK Trademark Navigator.

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Add Artificial Intelligence to Your Legal Research for Faster, More Accurate Answers

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a legal research service that automatically locates statements of law in cases and directs you to the best authority for each of them (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of a specialized legal research service for trade secrets, including coverage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 and tools for comparing jurisdictions, a customizable, multiuser text entry automation utility that runs in Windows, Mac, and iOS applications, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Successful legal research doesn't only require finding authoritative answers to legal questions, but finding the best possible authority fast. Answering a client question the same day you receive it, supporting your arguments in a brief with irrefutable case law, etc. sets you apart from other lawyers.

Points of Law on Bloomberg Law … in One Sentence

Launched recently, Points of Law on Bloomberg Law is a new feature that uses artificial intelligence to improve the speed and accuracy of your legal research.

The Killer Feature

Like other legal research providers, Bloomberg Law provides headnotes for cases. Headnotes help you assess whether a case has potential but you must then dig into the case itself for the specifics.

As its name suggests, Points of Law goes beyond headnotes by highlighting the sentences in a case that include statements of law such as legal tests, elements, and standards. Clicking on a highlighted sentence opens a contextual Points of Law reference box with a definition of that point of law and a list of the most cited cases, any of which you can access. At the bottom is a button labeled Citation Map.

The Citation Map is a visual representation of the leading citation and all other citations for a point of law, each ranked. Each citation is represented by a bubble, the size of which indicates the number of citations. Connecting lines depict citations. You can rank citations by most cited or jurisdiction, and filter them by federal or state cases. Click any citation to view the point of law you're investigating in that particular case.

"By enabling litigators to quickly identify the statements of law within a court opinion and then see the most cited, most relevant, and most recent cases related to those statements, Points of Law enhances the ability to understand all sides of a legal issue," said Douglas Smith, Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and a member of the Bloomberg Law Litigation Innovation Board.

Other Notable Features

Points of Law encompasses all published and unpublished opinions in all jurisdictions available in Bloomberg Law. The Point of Law reference box discussed above contains a second button labeled Related Points. Clicking this button lists related points of law that courts have expressed in addition to the one you're reviewing. Click any of these for exploration.

If you have a specific legal question, you can search Bloomberg Law's Points of Law database directly. Each Point of Law has a home page you can save for future reference. The home page lists the common expression at the top, cases below, and filters on the left. You can filter by court, jurisdiction, and more.

What Else Should You Know?

"Points of Law is another example of our commitment to continuous innovation and ongoing investment in data and technology to empower attorneys to more effectively and efficiently advise their clients," said Scott Mozarsky, President, Bloomberg Law. "With Points of Law, we have streamlined and improved the legal research process using machine learning and data visualization to reveal previously undiscoverable patterns and insights." Points of Law is included in Bloomberg Law at no extra charge. Learn more about Points of Law on Bloomberg Law.

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One-Stop Resource for Federal and State Trade Secrets Research, Checklists and Forms

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a specialized legal research service for trade secrets, including coverage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 and tools for comparing jurisdictions (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of a customizable, multiuser text entry automation utility that runs in Windows, Mac, and iOS applications, a popular cloud practice management system that now offers a full-featured mobile app, a chat system, and payment processing, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) provides a federal cause of action for the first time in American history. But trade secrets also remains a state law issue, one that cuts across many practice areas such as employment law. This means trade secrets law has more jurisdictional depth, uncertainty, and potential conflicts than purely federal areas of intellectual property law. All the more reason for a specialized research service.

Trade Secrets Advisor … in One Sentence

Launched recently, Wolters Kluwer's Trade Secrets Advisor is a research service dedicated to the practice of trade secrets law with workflow tools, including comparison charts, checklists, and forms.

The Killer Feature

Trade Secrets Advisor enables you to search state and federal case law and statutes, news, and treatises related to trade secrets. In addition to the DTSA, statutory coverage includes the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Economic Espionage Act, Uniform Trade Secrets Act, applicable U.S. Code sections, and all state trade secrets statutes. Case law coverage spans all 50 states and federal courts, including unpublished opinions.

Among the treatises is the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Handbook written by DTSA experts such as R. Mark Halligan. Others include Business Torts: A Fifty State Guide, Epstein on Intellectual Property (5th Edition), Scott on Information Technology Law (3rd Edition), and Employment Relationships: Law & Practice. You can receive email notifications when a reference of interest is updated.

"Trade secrets cases move at a very quick pace, so it is critical that attorneys stay ahead of new developments that impact their clients' cases," said Susan Gruesser, Portfolio Director at Wolters Kluwer. "Updated regularly, Trade Secrets Advisor consistently equips attorneys with the resources to protect and enforce their clients' trade secrets under evolving state and federal laws."

Other Notable Features

Trade Secrets Advisor's news feed keeps you apprised of new court opinions. Click on a case of interest to reveal the Case Findings, a summary of the facts, and a link to the full opinion. In addition to browsing or searching the news, you can subscribe to the email newsletter, Trade Secrets Update. If you find a case of interest, you can email it to a colleague or client.

A number of tools exist in Trade Secrets Advisor to facilitate different research needs. For example, the Business Torts Smart Chart enables you to conduct comparative research. Select one or more topics such as Misappropriation of Trade Secrets, and one or more jurisdictions to generate a table summarizing the law in each jurisdiction. Links to the corresponding treatise invite further exploration.

The Checklists and Forms feature obviates the need to comb through treatises for a particular task. Choosing a checklist or form of interest takes you directly to its location within its parent treatise. You can share, download, and customize it, print it, or add it to your favorites. The library of checklists and forms encompasses trade secret identification and protection, employee and contractor confidentiality, licensing, and litigation.

What Else Should You Know?

Trade Secrets Advisor is accessible through Wolters Kluwer's Cheetah platform. Advanced search functionality enables you to narrow search results by date range, document type, court, jurisdiction, and other parameters. Learn more about Trade Secrets Advisor. Learn more about Trade Secrets Advisor.

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Connect the IP Dots to Assess M&A Deals, Litigation Threats, and More

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, September 28, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a service that enables you to analyze IP portfolios for M&A due diligence, litigation strategy, and prior art research (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of on-demand service for capturing social media and other web evidence in accurate and defensible PDF documents, a practice management system with a large forms library that automatically captures the billable time you spend on document drafting and email, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

It may seem like we live in a world of abundant information, but much remains hidden — not necessarily private but too voluminous to review and connect all the dots. This is especially true of patent and other intellectual property data in the context of M&A due diligence, litigation strategy, and prior art research.

ktMINE … in One Sentence

ktMINE is a research service available through Wolters Kluwer that provides previously unavailable intellectual property data and analytics searchable by company, industry, and technology.

The Killer Feature

You can use public databases to piece together a company's patent portfolio. But good luck calculating its value. ktMINE applies machine learning to resources such as SEC, SEDAR, and other patent offices to provide such insights.

You start by searching for a company or keywords. In my demo, ktMINE's Market Lead of IP Strategy & Valuation Eric Podlogar ran a search for "wireless technologies." Clicking the Agreements tab at the top of the search results displays Royalty Rates Over Time — an interactive bubble chart listing the value of the licensing agreements related to your search. Heat maps and other charts show you which territories and SIC Codes represent the most activity.

View the data for a specific territory or SIC Code as well as by licensors, licensees, fixed payments, etc. The Royalty Rates Summary Chart lists the mean and median value as well as any outliers such as a category killer patent that many companies need to license. Drill down on any group of agreements for their summaries, including licensor, licensee, effective date, grant, terms, etc. You can view the full text of specific agreements that you need to review in detail.

"ktMINE offers significant time savings and unparalleled IP analytics by finding and connecting many types of IP data, such as license agreements, royalty rates, patents, and syndicated news," said David McIntosh, Partner at Ropes & Gray, IP Transactions.

Other Notable Features

In addition to Agreements, ktMINE's search results also include Companies, Patents, Patent Assignments, Trademarks, and News. Save your important searches and receive email alerts.

When searching by industry or technology, you can quickly find companies with your search term in their name, and those with the largest IP activity. Each company has a Company Profile — a dashboard listing its patents, trademarks, IP assignments, IP litigation, M&A deals, and recent news.

You can combine two or more company profiles to help forecast the value of the combined IP assets and assess an M&A deal before any initial outreach. ktMINE also enables you to view other companies that work with a target company, and search by Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) to identify licensing opportunities or litigation threats.

The search results for patents, patent assignments, and trademarks enable you to discover what's hot, and who's doing business together. Similarly, you can search court cases for the docket, information on the original complaint, and patents asserted, and narrow these searches by plaintiff, defendant, judge, CPC, etc.

What Else Should You Know?

"Through ktMINE, we are excited to provide IP lawyers and other professionals with valuable access to royalty rates, license agreement offerings, patent, trademark and mergers and acquisitions deal data that cannot be found anywhere else," said Susan Gruesser, Product Line Director for Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. "It's a powerful platform that quickly connects data sets in ways that other products can't." Learn more about ktMINE.

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How a Litigator Uses an iPad; Reviews of Dell XPS 13, Faxaway; Defense Lawyers Held to Higher Legal Research Standard

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, August 24, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Fred Pharis, How a Litigator Uses an iPad; Reviews of TrialPad, Notability, PDF Expert, Outlook, Westlaw, and More

Kathy Carter, Review of Dell XPS 13 (Touch)

John Hightower, Defense Lawyers Held to Higher Legal Research Standard Than Plaintiffs Lawyers

Bunji Fromartz, Review of Faxaway

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

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Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Legal Research | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | TL Serendipity

Using the iPad Pro in Your Law Practice; Text Messages in Windows 10; The Future of Legal Research; Using a 4K TV as a Monitor

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Ken Laska, Six Tips for Using the iPad Pro in Your Law Practice

Roy Greenberg, Updates on My Use of a 10.5-Inch iPad Pro in Law Practice

Eshan Sharma, Tip: Text Messages in Windows 10 via Cortana

Leonard Benade, The Future of Legal Research

Tom Trottier, Tip: How to Use a 4K TV as a Computer Monitor

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Drafting Assistant Adds Document Assembly, Expert Forms, and More to Its Microsoft Word Drafting Tools

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, August 17, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a Microsoft Word add-in for drafting litigation and transactional documents with a new document assembly engine, forms library, and machine-learning tools (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of a new legal research service that use artificial intelligence to keep you apprised of new federal legislation and regulations, an AI-powered legal research technology that provides fast answers to common legal questions, including definitions, elements of a claim, and standards of proof, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

The briefs and contracts you draft often break new ground and benefit from your legal expertise. But just as often they incorporate material that already exists. And they always contain precise syntax that is time consuming to manually proofread. As a result, drafting benefits from automation — ideally a suite of tools within Microsoft Word.

Drafting Assistant … in One Sentence

Thomson Reuters' Drafting Assistant adds document assembly, reference, and proofreading tools to Microsoft Word (there's also a Drafting Assistant web app).

The Killer Feature

The new Build Document feature offers document assembly technology and a library of expert templates via integrations with Contract Express and Practical Law respectively. You start by selecting one of your own templates or a Practical Law template. Either way, you then use Contract Express' technology to enter data into the form fields to build your document.

Drafting Assistant can save your work at any point in case you need to hunt down some information or conduct research. Click the My Projects button to view recent documents, both completed and in progress. The Practical Law template library encompasses 12 practice areas, including antitrust, bankruptcy, commercial transactions, intellectual property, litigation, and real estate.

Other Notable Features

Drafting Assistant resides in a tab in Microsoft Word's Ribbon. Clicking the Drafting button opens a panel alongside your Word document that contains Build Document and other tools. Among these is the new Locate Precedent tool. Powered by machine learning, Locate Precedent enables you to compare a provision drafted by you or opposing counsel against publicly filed agreements in EDGAR. If you find a phrasing you prefer, you can add it to the document.

Also in the Drafting Assistant panel are a variety of tools for litigators, including the Locate Authority tool, which uses machine-learning technology similar to that of Locate Precedent. Select an argument in your brief and Locate Authority finds a supporting citation that you can add in your preferred style with a click. Flags & Links enables you to spot negative KeyCite signals for authorities you're citing. Alternatively, WestCheck creates a KeyCite report of all authorities in a separate document.

Other litigation tools include TOA Builder to build a table of authorities and Authority Compiler to a create PDF ebrief. "Drafting Assistant makes creating tables of authorities quick and easy," said Sarah Mauldin, Director of Library Services at Smith, Gambrell & Russell. "I like getting to look a bit like a magician by using a tool that transforms a painful process into one that is much less onerous."

Rounding out the suite of tools is Deal Proof, which has its own dedicated button in the Drafting Assistant ribbon tab. Deal Proof finds potential errors in your document such as undefined terms, unused terms, inconsistent paragraph numbering, punctuation errors, etc. Like a spell checker, Deal Proof now updates in real time as you make corrections.

What Else Should You Know?

Until this year Drafting Assistant required Windows. The Mac version will launch later this year, initially with Flags & Links and WestCheck followed by more tools in the future. "Mac users will have access to two of the most used features from Drafting Assistant," said Craig Larson, Vice President, Productivity Solution at Thomson Reuters. "Drafting Assistant provides a full range of solutions that improve efficiency and streamline document drafting workflows, validate citations, and perform other critical drafting tasks no matter where users are or what computing platform they are using." Learn more about Drafting Assistant.

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Federal Developments Knowledge Center Brings Subject Matter Experts and Artificial Intelligence to Bear on Federal Legislation and Regulations

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, August 10, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a new legal research service that use artificial intelligence to keep you apprised of new federal legislation and regulations (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of an AI-powered legal research technology that provides fast answers to common legal questions, including definitions, elements of a claim, and standards of proof, document and email manegement software that integrates with Microsoft Office and scanners to consolidate all client-related data in one location, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

The dramatic shift in public policy positions by the Trump administration and Republican Congress has resulted in a myriad of regulatory changes in the executive branch with the prospect of major legislation such as health and tax reform around the corner. Keeping up with this activity is daunting.

Federal Developments Knowledge Center … in One Sentence

Wolters Kluwer's Federal Developments Knowledge Center offers one-stop-shopping for analysis, news, and primary source material related to federal legislation and regulations.

The Killer Feature

More than 100 attorney editors comprise the team behind the Federal Developments Knowledge Center. One of their innovations is Smart Charts, which provide insights on recent activity within practice areas of interest to you. Smart Charts encompass more than a dozen practice areas, including Banking and Finance, Global Trade, Health Care, Immigration, Securities, and Tax.

After selecting one or more practice areas, you choose from several Document Types — Enacted Law, Executive Order, Final Rule, Proposed Legislation, etc. A table then lists Key Federal Developments with links to the primary source, Related Expert Analysis with links to news coverage, and WK Commentary. Written by the attorney editors, WK Commentary saves you time by providing the effective date, a synopsis, and the likely impact and next steps. Instead of periodically checking a Smart Chart, you can set up email alerts for one or more practice areas.

Other Notable Features

The Federal Developments Knowledge Center dashboard provides the entry point to Smart Charts. It also contains linked lists of presidential actions, bills and enacted law, rules and regulations, news headlines, white papers, and other references. Click See All for any of these items to view the full feed in reverse chronological order with new items since your last visit highlighted to save you time. At the top of the dashboard, you can search through all or selected types of content.

Federal Developments Knowledge Center offers artificial intelligence (AI) to provide predictive analytics for legislation, including a Bill Breakdown to help you assess proposed bills so that you can advise your clients. An AI algorithm called Predictive Outlook provides two percentages — Pass Prediction (whether a bill will exit its committee and get passed in that chamber) and Percent Chance of Enactment. A chart illustrates the positive and negative forces affecting the bill and their relative weight in forming the Predictive Outlook. In addition to the Bill Breakdown, you'll also find links to the bill and related bills and statutes, as well as statements about the bill by the president and administration officials.

"Amid so much regulatory uncertainty, attorneys have been hard pressed to monitor multiple sources, analyze information and gauge potential impact for their clients," says Dean Sonderegger, Vice President & General Manager, Legal Markets & Innovation. "Federal Developments Knowledge Center is designed to directly address those pain points, identifying the issues that will have a real impact on clients and giving legal professionals a comprehensive source of up-to-the-minute information so they can advise their clients with more speed, ease and agility."

What Else Should You Know?

Every item in Federal Developments Knowledge Center offers a printer-friendly version. You can also email any item or export to Word format (Excel format for Smart Charts and other tables). You can try the service for free without obligation. Learn more about Federal Developments Knowledge Center.

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Reviews of 10.5-Inch iPad Pro, Google Scholar, CaseMap, Chaos Intellect; Facebook as the New Town Square

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, August 10, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Roy Greenberg, Review: Not Sure What to Do With My 10.5-Inch iPad Pro

Mark Olberding, Facebook Might Be the New Town Square but Speak at Your Own Risk

Thomas Hutto, Review of Google Scholar

Douglas Shachtman, Review of CaseMap

Donald Hendel, Review of Chaos Intellect

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Lexis Answers Uses Artificial Intelligence to Cut to the Chase in Legal Research

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers an AI-powered legal research technology that provides fast answers to common legal questions, including definitions, elements of a claim, and standards of proof (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of document and email manegement software that integrates with Microsoft Office and scanners to consolidate all client-related data in one location, ediscovery software for quickly and inexpensively collecting and reviewing documents and email in small cases, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

When you need a legal definition, the elements of a claim, a standard of proof, etc. — legal basics that lie beyond the reach of your memory — it seems like a waste of time to skim cases for the answer. Instead, an intelligent assistant like those in our smartphones should provide the answer instantly.

Lexis Answers … in One Sentence

Launched recently, Lexis Answers is a free enhancement to Lexis Advance that saves you time by using artificial intelligence to anticipate your legal research needs.

The Killer Feature

Lexis Answers doesn't cost extra. It's baked into Lexis Advance. When you enter a search that falls within Lexis Answers' wheelhouse, an Answer Card appears atop the search results.

Product Manager Michael Etgen gave me a demo of Lexis Answers. He starts by entering the search "define res judicata." The Answer Card contains a definition from Bouvier Law Dictionary. Etgen then changes the search to "elements of res judicata." The Answer Card for this search lists res judicata's three elements taken from a Fifth Circuit case with a handy link. Etgen adds "NY" to this search. The Answer Card changes to show the elements of res judicata in New York, referencing a New York Court of Appeals case.

You need not memorize precise syntax to use Lexis Answers. It lists suggested answers as you type that you can select, and understands intent across different variations of language. For example, both "what is the definition of res judiacata" and "define res judicata" generate the same result. As Etgen demonstrated, Lexis Answers also understands jurisdictions such as states.

A team of lawyers with subject matter expertise trains the Lexis Answers algorithm, an ongoing process to ensure this flexibility, improve results, and expand the corpus of knowledge Lexis Answers understands. The algorithm also incorporates intelligence from Shepard's to ensure that cases used to provide answers are among the leading authorities as was the case for the above res judicata example.

Other Notable Features

Below the Answer Card, you'll find case law search results with your Lexis Answers query among the terms in the Search Term Map. Click on this term in the Search Term Map to view it in context without leaving the search results. The Search Term Map also tells you where in the opinion the term appears and its density throughout the opinion.

"Our goal is to create a smarter starting point to research," says Jeff Pfeifer, Vice President of Product Management at LexisNexis. "Using machine learning and advanced natural language processing technologies, Lexis Answers actually understands and interprets the intent of a user's search query — saving them time and effort by surfacing specific and actionable insights right at the top of their search results. This artificial intelligence powering Lexis Answers makes research easier, quicker and more intuitive than ever."

What Else Should You Know?

Lexis Answers currently encompasses legal topics from federal jurisdictions and most U.S. states and territories. As he wraps up my demo, Etgen tells me coverage will continue to expand to include all legal issues in all U.S. jurisdictions. Learn more about Lexis Answers.

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