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February 14, 2019

AI powered legal technology startup selected to join Thomson Reuters Labs Incubator Programme

Selected winner enters into a co-innovation partnership with Thomson Reuters

London, February 14, 2019: Thomson Reuters, the answers company™, have announced that the winner of the 2018 challenge for a legal tech startup to join the Thomson Reuters Labs Incubator is INTELLLEX, a startup that provides artificial intelligence powered knowledge management solutions for legal professionals.

INTELLLEX will join the Thomson Reuters Labs Incubator programme, launched in 2017, that gives startups the opportunity to enter into a minimum three-month partnership with access to the following:

  • Exclusive mentoring from Thomson Reuters and the opportunity to network with industry, business and technology experts
  • Specialist workshops to review, refine and test business ideas
  • Brand exposure and the ability to leverage the global reach of Thomson Reuters through marketing spotlight opportunities and events
  • Thomson Reuters legal databases and online business development tools

Thomson Reuters Labs is a global team of data scientists, research scientists and software engineers based in the UK, USA, Canada and Switzerland. The team works with customers, startups and world-class universities to develop innovative solutions to the challenges businesses face today.

The 2018 winner, Singapore-based INTELLLEX, provides a cloud-based knowledge library that enables legal professionals to access prior work product organized by legal concepts and document type.

INTELLLEX uses natural language processing and neural networks to develop artificial intelligence algorithms which can automatically categorize prior work product along legal dimensions such as legal issues, legal questions, or document type. This automatic categorization eliminates the time-consuming process that knowledge management professionals perform when categorizing prior work product manually.

INTELLLEX participates in the Barclays Bank’s LawTech Incubator (Eagle Labs) which operates in conjunction with the Law Society and 14 other partner law firms.

Jim Leason, Customer Proposition Lead in the Legal Professionals Europe business of Thomson Reuters, says: “Our Thomson Reuters Labs Incubator is an important part of our efforts to deliver the technological solutions needed by law firms of the future.”

“INTELLLEX brilliantly brings together the power of artificial intelligence technology with the more basic need of law firms to organise, search and retrieve their knowledge in an efficient way. We are excited to explore a proof of concept where we may be able to enrich INTELLLEX’s auto-categorization algorithms with ontologies and taxonomies that we have developed here in our Europe legal research and know how solutions.”

“Through working with select startups, we are also better able to accelerate our own projects and identify new trends in technology—it’s a two-way street.”

“The development of legal technology is moving fast and law firms are having to invest just to stay competitive. Any firm that falls behind in using technology may find it difficult to catch up”, says Leason.

“The drive to push for innovation within a particular industry must involve an entire ecosystem. The partnership with Thomson Reuters is a strong validation of the potential of our technology,” said Chang Zi Qian, co-founder and CEO of INTELLLEX. We are honoured to be selected by the Thomson Reuters Labs Incubator. The team is looking forward to co-drive the proof of concept project with the Thomson Reuters team over the next few months.”

Barry Dooney, Strategy and Operations Manager at Thomson Reuter Labs, says: “The calibre of applications for our incubator program has exceeded our expectations. The selection of INTELLLEX into our incubator represents an exciting next phase in the growth of our program as we continue to partner with startups and other market disruptors”.

Another recent addition to the Thomson Reuters Incubator program is Digital Claim. This Vienna-based startup uses machine learning technology to support insurance companies in claim recovery, has just secured funding from a US Private Equity fund and has signed contracts with several German insurers.

“We are delighted to be working with legal tech startups and giving them a stepping stone to getting their solutions to market”, says Leason.

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