• From Hogan Lovells‘ Lloyd Parker:  “According to a survey of over 200 brand owners, AI will revolutionise trademark prosecution and enforcement over the next five years.”


  • From Hogan Lovells and the University of Birmingham, here’s a discussion of Artificial Intelligence – time to get regulating?


  • It seems to be Hogan Lovells day. From the DC officeIn fraud and corruption investigations, artificial intelligence and data analytics save time and reduce client costs. “Peter Spivack, a partner at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., explains how the process of gathering, sorting, and evaluating enormous volumes of data has changed, and why skilled human intelligence is likely to remain a required component of an accurate analysis.”


  • More on AI regulation as in this video, “Ben Allgrove of Baker McKenzie says a ‘state of flux’ exists over how the applications of artificial intelligence should be regulated as the true capabilities of the technology have not been ascertained.”


  • Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law launches new “tech lab” to teach students, alumns, and lawyers about blockchain and artificial intelligence. “Beginning this school year, the center — dubbed the C|M|LAW Tech Lab — will launch the only law-school based interdisciplinary Cybersecurity and Data Privacy certificate, and a new C|M|LAW Tech certificate.” Details here.


  • More blockchain news: “Australian law firm, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, has teamed up with ConsenSys start up, OpenLaw, to achieve a breakthrough that aims to unlock the potential of the Ethereum blockchain and smart contracts in the settlement of real estate and property transactions.”


  • Blockchain in court: “A court in China’s Hangzhou city has ruled that evidence authenticated with blockchain technology can be presented in legal disputes.”

“The court thinks it should maintain an open and neutral stance on using blockchain to analyze individual cases. We can’t exclude it just because it’s a complex technology. Nor can we lower the standard just because it is tamper-proof and traceable. … In this case, the usage of a third-party blockchain platform that is reliable without conflict of interests provides the legal ground for proving the intellectual infringement.”


  • A Blockchain law firmProminent Blockchain Attorney Joshua Ashley Klayman Launches Blockchain- and Digital Token-Focused Law Firm & Blockchain Strategy Consulting and Advisory Firm. “… a well known name in the digital token sale / blockchain industry, has departed Morrison & Foerster LLP to launch her own boutique law firm (Klayman LLC) targeting the industry she has been intimately engaged with for the past few years.


  • A2J: This is a sobering look at some of the instances where AI has failed to deliver on its Access to Justice promise/potential. “‘AI not delivering for poorest’ says technology reality check.”


  • There’s lots of good content from Artificial Lawyer today:

– FirstLaw Society Call For Evidence: Algorithms + Justice.

– And, “(t)op Irish law firm McCann FitzGerald, has launched a Credit Reporting Compliance App, using the expert system platform of Neota Logic.”

This is a particularly interesting development: “HighQ, the legal data collaboration platform, has signed a partnership deal with the global referral group, TerraLex. The referral group’s management team will also directly recommend the use of the collaboration platform to its 155 member firms and their 19,000 lawyers around the planet. I.e. there will be both a central hub use of HighQ to share data through TerraLex’s organisational structure, plus an effort to encourage the individual firms to also jump onto the platform.”

Finally, “(i)n an important step that will greatly support the development of global standards for smart contracts, global tech giant IBM has decided to join the Accord Project consortium.” This entire post is very much worth reading.


  • This story has received a LOT of coverage in the past couple of days. I suppose, in part, because it’s so easy to write click-bait headlines for it. Here’s a tame one: HAL-like robot to help astronaut in space odyssey. More coverage of the spherical AI bot named Cimon here.


  • Here’s some real futurist, almost sci-fi technology that’s probably coming in the next few years — “quantum computing.” (Want a deeper dive? Several good references are provided at the end.)


  • Since it’s Friday, and it has been a while since I’ve posted about AI’s existential and other threats to mankind (and rebuttals thereto), so here’s:

– Expressing apprehension that disruptive technology would hasten extinction of humankind, Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus on Thursday warned companies against excessive use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). “Technology will expedite our extinction on planet Earth.”

– “Artificial intelligence is coming for the service economy, according to Allstate Corp. Chief Executive Officer Tom Wilson. ‘It’s going to rip through this economy like a tsunami.'”