Lex Machina Releases New Law Firms Comparator and Courts & Judges Comparator Apps

Lex Machina’s new Comparator Apps, launched earlier today, make it easier than ever before to analyze up to four different courts, judges, or law firms side-by-side, on a single page, and all within seconds.             The Law Firms Comparator simplifies the business decision of which law firm to hire, helping in-house counsel compare key factors like win-rate, previous experience, case timing, and damages history across the different law firms. Lawyers at firms can easily size up their competition, and those in business development can find new ways to tout their firm’s success. For those more involved in the practice of law, the Courts & Judges Comparator helps lawyers make informed decisions among different judicial districts. Plaintiffs can assess how their chances of success vary across districts, and defendants can determine how transfer to different venues compares with remaining before the judge they have. This blog post will explore three examples that demonstrate how these apps can help lawyers make more effective decisions when hiring outside counsel or selecting a venue. 1.     The business of law: company evaluates outside counsel (or counsel evaluating competition) Companies looking to “lawyer up” can now easily compare the records of [...]

By |2017-10-09T20:27:22+00:00September 20th, 2016|Announcements|

Legal Analytics Tour Highlights from the Bay Area and Chicago

Owen Byrd, Lex Machina’s Chief Evangelist and General Counsel, and the Lex Machina team had a great time speaking with our customers as well as new and old friends at the Bay Area and Chicago Legal Analytics Luncheons this month. During the luncheons, Owen presented trends and insights on patent, copyright, trademark and securities litigation data from Lex Machina's Legal Analytics platform.  He brought to the groups’ attention a noteworthy trend observed in the Eastern District of Texas.  In Q2 2016 there was an uptick in its proportion of total new filings to 37% against Q1 (30%). In comparison, in 2015, the district had 43% of the patent cases filed. Don’t miss the Legal Analytics luncheon in your city!  Click here to see all cities and dates for the Legal Analytics Tour.

By |2017-10-09T20:27:51+00:00August 16th, 2016|Announcements|

Lex Machina Launches Securities Litigation Analytics

Lex Machina is proud to announce that our Legal Analytics platform is now extended to  securities litigation.  For the first time, practitioners in this area now have the ability to analyze legal data, helping them to win clients and cases.  From showcasing experience with judges and districts in client pitches (or sizing up a law firm’s experience), to outcome data helpful for estimating risk, a data-driven approach provides a new universe of facts helpful to your cases and to your business.    This blog post focuses on a small subset of Lex Machina’s securities litigation data, the 932 securities cases terminating last year (in 2015).  We will analyzes those cases in four parts, looking first at where the cases are filed and which judges hear them, next at which parties file the cases and which firms handle them, then at the findings and resolutions of those cases, and concluding with a short analysis of the damages awards from those cases.  While the conclusions drawn in this post have value from looking at the industry as a whole, Legal Analytic’s real power lies the ability to find the data that most closely fits your particular circumstance - something no static report [...]

By |2017-10-09T20:28:23+00:00July 20th, 2016|Announcements|

Announcing the Patent Litigation Year in Review 2015

Lex Machina is proud to announce our third annual Patent Litigation Year in Review.   This blog post looks closely at some of the key case filing and jurisdictional figures included in the report.  For a complete copy of the report, please click here.       Fig. 1:  New cases filed, 2007-2015, by year In 2015, 5,819 patent cases were filed - a 15% rise from 2014. However, the 2015 total does not exceed the record year of 2013 when 6,113 patent cases were filed. Fig. 2:  New cases filed, 2007-2015, by month Cases were filed unevenly throughout the 2015. The hottest month was November, when 845 new cases were filed - a new record month. In particular, there was a spike in case filings on November 30, 2015, corresponding to a rule change that eliminates Form 18, the form often used to plead direct infringement claims in patent cases. On that day, 259 patent cases were filed - a single-day record.  However, December was unusually low - per month case filings have not dropped below 300 since mid-2011. Fig. 3:  New cases in 2015, by district The Eastern District of Texas continues to lead the nation by number of new [...]

By |2017-10-09T20:29:43+00:00March 16th, 2016|Announcements, Reports|

Researching Attorneys in PACER: a Comparison with Lex Machina

Lex Machina is proud to introduce its new Attorney Data Engine.  Leveraging Lex Machina’s experience with natural language processing techniques, this feature processes docket text and the signature blocks of individual case documents to create a level of detail never before possible.   These attorney data improvements are essential in light of the current state of data available to attorneys, especially those relying on the federal court’s website, PACER (an abbreviation for Public Access Court Electronic Records).  Although many would be surprised to know, the attorney data found on PACER frequently misrepresents the reality of a case - often associating lawyers with the wrong law firms or omitting them entirely.  Moreover, these errors differ by district - in some the errors are significant enough to skew any statistics on firms in the district. This blog post outlines three key features being released to improve Lex Machina’s attorney data.  For each key feature, we will compare the attorney data publicly available through PACER with Lex Machina’s view of the case.  The differences will show what kinds of problems to watch out for in PACER data, and how you can easily address these problems with Lex Machina.   1. PACER omits lawyers [...]

By |2017-10-09T20:30:15+00:00February 9th, 2016|Announcements|

Announcing The Legal Analytics Brief, Our Monthly Newsletter

Lex Machina is excited to announce the launch of the Legal Analytics Brief, a free monthly newsletter where you get insights, news, resources, and tips about winning in the highly competitive business and practice of law. Sign up today to get the latest updates delivered right to your inbox. We’re pleased to share the “Spotlight” story and give you a sneak peek into this month’s newsletter. Legal Analytics for PTAB Webcast – Hear from the former Acting Director of the USPTO, now at Crowell & Moring, and experts from HP and White & Case In today’s patent dispute environment, it’s vital to consider the Patent Trademark and Appeals Board (PTAB) in your litigation strategy. The PTAB offers several new procedures: Inter Partes Review (IPR), Covered Business Method Review (CBM), Post Grant Review (PGR), and Derivation Proceedings (DER). The CBM and IPR reviews provide a faster (and usually less expensive) path to invalidate patents on particular grounds, compared to district court litigation. In February, we launched Legal Analytics® for PTAB Trials. Lex Machina now makes it possible to uncover strategic insights about IPRs, CBMs, PGRs and DERs, the parties and patents involved, the underlying documents, timing, and potential outcomes. The data [...]

By |2017-10-09T20:40:22+00:00March 6th, 2015|Announcements|

Lex Machina Adds Bigger Data “Custom Insights” – Raising the Analytics Bar for IP Litigators

Guest post by Jean O'Grady, Esq., originally published on Dewey B Strategic Today Lex Machina is announcing the launch of  “Custom Insights”  functionality which will add two new high-voltage analytics tools: Caselist Analyzer and Motion Metrics to the Lex  Machina platform. These interactive tools will put customized competitive insights within  reach of every subscriber. I found the variety, flexibility and granularity of Lex Machina’s  new offerings to be truly “breathtaking.”  In a few clicks the Custom Insights reports can display  interactive charts, trends and data based on highly specific criteria. Docket analytics platforms from  competitors such as Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis and Bloomberg Law  have allowed users to generate litigation reports based on a few standard criteria such as judge, law firm, party and cause of action. Lex Machina has enhanced Pacer data to allow deeper and more granular analysis of cases and motions. Until now these types of reports could only have been generated  after days or weeks of research. From Dockets to Big Data There is no shortage of products selling Pacer dockets. Most are selling access to flat data, not a transformative platform for insights and iterative analysis.Lex Machina which focuses on IP litigation is about to raise the competitive stakes for lawyers and Lex Machina's competitors in the docket analytics space. Lex Machina which debuted in [...]

By |2017-10-09T20:41:41+00:00November 13th, 2014|Announcements|

Lex Machina Releases Hatch-Waxman / ANDA Litigation Report

Lex Machina releases Hatch-Waxman / ANDA Litigation Report Featuring breakdowns of the top jurisdictions and judges, a comparison of ANDA case filings and outcomes with data from non-ANDA patent cases, breakthrough findings on patent age and expiration, as well as other charts and figures drawn from Lex Machina's patent litigation database featuring integrated Orange Book data. Click here to sign up to receive the report. Excerpted charts from the report:   Figure 7:  Total patent cases filed by year   Figure 13:  Word cloud of trade names, sized by number of cases and colored by number of asserted patents (omitting tradenames with less than 3 cases)  

By |2017-10-09T20:42:33+00:00November 6th, 2014|Announcements, Reports|

Lex Machina Releases First Annual Patent Litigation Year in Review

From Silicon Valley to the Supreme Court, patents have become an inescapable part of the corporate and political landscapes in America. This year alone, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the highest proportion of IP cases in history. The patent case load of the district courts has more than doubled since 2008, and verdicts like Apple-Samsung have captured headlines with eye-popping damages. It’s critical for lawyers to make sense of the major trends in this space in order to be successful in their own suits. But despite the increasing number of arguments and lawsuits, there’s a lack of reliable, unbiased data on the patterns and trends about patent litigation in America. To fill this need, we are excited to offer our first ever Year in Review, offering insights about judges, districts, parties, law firms, patents, and more. The report focuses on the most important trends and developments in patent litigation during 2013, carefully researched and compiled using the same Legal Analytics® platform that’s allowing lawyers to predict the behaviors and outcomes that different legal strategies will produce. We’ll take a look at some of the high-level findings here -- be sure to check out the full report for a deeper [...]

By |2017-10-09T20:46:05+00:00May 13th, 2014|Announcements|

Data In Action: Lex Machina Program Supports USPTO’s Patent Initiatives

New Capabilities Help Deliver on President Obama's Executive Actions to Assist Recipients of Patent Infringement Demand Letters Today is an exciting day for Lex Machina, as we announce our efforts to support the American innovation community through a new initiative to provide free, public information to businesses and everyday consumers who may receive patent infringement demand letters. This new initiative, part of a US Patent Office toolkit announced today, will enable recipients to make more informed decisions about how to respond to these demand letters. On June 4, 2013, President Obama announced a set of executive actions and legislative recommendations to improve incentives for future innovation in high tech patents, including (emphasis added): “Empowering Downstream Users.  Patent trolls are increasingly targeting Main Street retailers, consumers and other end-users of products containing patented technology — for instance, for using point-of-sale software or a particular business method. End-users should not be subject to lawsuits for simply using a product as intended, and need an easier way to know their rights before entering into costly litigation or settlement.  The PTO will publish new education and outreach materials, including an accessible, plain-English web site offering answers to common questions by those facing demands from [...]

By |2017-10-09T23:24:41+00:00February 20th, 2014|Announcements|