Automation in IP law: copyright infringements as an area for innovation

David Kölliker

In a recent paper, University St. Gallen graduate David Koelliker describes how legal consulting can be delivered in an automated form.

Legal advice can be automated, representing a valuable alternative to manual work, as long as the legal reasoning can be undertaken in a somewhat abstract way and be simple enough to enable self-service. Additionally, from a business perspective, automation requires use cases to bear sufficient return on investment.

IP litigation can have such use cases, with copyright infringements being one example. Using BRYTER, viable results can be achieved in a quick and controllable manner.

Requirement for legal automation

The paper gives an overview of new possibilities in the application of legal tech and highlights possible support for today’s lawyers through technology-based innovation. Using existing, market-ready software solutions, the paper examines the ability to automate legal advice, while factoring in business, law, and technology perspectives. The paper chose BRYTER as an example of an available software solution that enables the automation of legal advice.

The paper concludes that using software to automate some legal services has advantages over traditional, personal consulting; at least in some areas of law. Implementation is especially beneficial when legal reasoning can be conducted in a very abstract way and when non-experts can self-serve. This requires the applications to be self-explanatory as well as limited in terms of complexity. Results need to be foreseeable. As an economic requirement to feasible automation, use cases need significant frequency for automation to be viable.

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The process for automation was described as both iterative and small-batched, commencing with the definition of the tasks and the assessment of potential risks and obstacles for automation. Then, content and structure were made explicit and the legal knowledge base was formalized. Lastly, using BRYTER, the content could be modeled, tested and published.

Legal tech in the tertiary space

The author, David Koelliker, is a University of St. Gallen student and heads the university’s student IT Support department. His publication is part of the university’s legal tech course. David has recently joined BRYTER as a student analyst.

David Koelliker, University of St. Gallen student and BRYTER student analyst

“Legal tech will disruptively change jurisprudence,” David comments; by “using software solutions that are already available today, such as BRYTER, a software for automation based on decision trees, legal service providers can gain a strong position in the technology-driven legal market of tomorrow,” he adds.

Legal automation by example

To bolster his position, David used BRYTER to create an application that automates the process of examining claims of potential copyright infringement; the application is a prime example of how automation can be applied to a standardized legal decision framework.

Excerpts of the backend view of the logic powering his application can be seen in the screenshot below; the application can be tested through an interface using this link.

No-code software solution to detect copyright infringement

At BRYTER, we are firm believers in the power of automation and love to assist with contributions to the emerging legal tech space.

By the way: we are still hiring for our Student Analyst program. If you are a law student with an affinity for technology, we would love to hear from you.

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