LegalTech in Switzerland

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In this area, digital offerings are being developed that include strong encryption technology. Mostly these services or products address known needs in the legal field, such as access protection (confidentiality), change protection (integrity), counterfeit protection (authenticity) or imputability and non-repudiation (obligation).

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Legal E-Discovery

Suppliers of e-discovery software enable users to search and locate legally relevant data on electronic storage media or networks for use as evidence in civil or criminal proceedings. Texts, images, calendar entries, tables, files and web applications ca be used as evidence.

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Trademark Services

These services consist of software-based trademark law clarifications ranging from brand analysis and trademark registration to trademark protection and trademark administration. Rule-based or AI methods are used to extract information such as right owners, calender data, courts, parties, legal concepts in IP Law, similar cases etc. from data available.

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Artificial Intelligence

This area includes software solutions that aim to automate intelligent behavior, learn and solve problems independently. In the legal field, this tends to result in an IT solution that not only supports the work of lawyers in certain areas, but could also take over all or part of it.

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Data Analytics

The software products in this area analyze, verify, cleanse, transform and model usually large amount of data (Big Data) from different sources with the aim of finding useful information to suggest conclusions and thus support decision making. Data Analytics is used in particular for internal investigations, audits and due diligence procedures.

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Legal Research

Products and services in this area support legal experts in their daily work by providing tools (search, find, filter etc.) for legal research. These applications help lawyers to find and evaluate legal arguments, problem-solving approaches, legal precedents, applicable laws and case related contents from legal literature.

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Law Practice Management Software

This type of software is utilized in law firms and inhouse legal departments to handle mandates and the related documentation, client data and information, time recording invoicing and accounting and the like. Other features include, conflict-of-interest checks, automated document filing, coordination of calendar entries and intelligent methods of client communications.

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Online Legal Services

Online Legal Services involve the provision of legal advice via an online channel on the part of providers or customers with appropriate technologies. This includes, for example, expert comparisons, selection or evaluation of legal experts, purchasing legal products or consulting services, handling and provision of legal products or consulting services online.

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Legal Tech Software

These include software for the legal market, e. g. to increase the efficiency in consulting clients, expand the range of consulting services or improve security aspects. The purely internal use of such software does not qualify for this area. The software solution must also be available to third parties.

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Lawyer Search/Marketplaces

Access to law and legal experts is a crucial element in a constitutional state. Here we list platforms that allow you to search for attorneys or legal experts using modern technology.

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Online Publication

These providers allow you to search for publications and/or to write, share and market your own content online (Selfpublishing).

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Automated Legal Documents

This area includes providers of software or webservices that automate processes or legal documents such as contracts, complaints or forms.

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Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO)/Flexible Legal Ressources

LPO refers to the outsourcing of legal-administrative and highly repetitive tasks by law firms and legal departments to external commodity legal service providers. Flexible Legal Resources is defined as a service to provide legal and compliance experts for a predefined period of time.

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E-Notary Solutions

This is a sub-category of Automated Legal Documents, which require notarization for its validity. Providers of this category integrate notarial documentation and certification into the document automation process in order to provide a quick, efficient and cost-effective way to notarize for an otherwise often inconvenient and costly process.

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Standardized Legal Products

This area includes providers of legal consulting services that can be offered as standardised legal products by the means of automation software. By contrast to Automated Legal Documents, Standardized Legal Products are packages that not only consist of automated documents, but also satisfy a concrete need for legal advice and demonstrate a high level of service- and cost transparency.

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Legal Tech Advisory

This includes experts or groups of experts specialize in advising law firms or legal departments of companies on digitization strategy and -implementation thereof.

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Archiving & Datarooms

In this area, software solutions are offered to securely archive and store data and information from customers in so called data rooms where authorized persons have remote access to their data and are able to collaborate with others in a protected and secure way.

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This includes universities and other research institutions that include the digitization of the legal sector and the necessary application in legal education and training.

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Predictive Legal Analytics

Predictive Legal Analytics is a method for analyzing and evaluating large amounts of legally relevant data in order to make predictions. Machine and/or deep learning methods are often used for this purpose. Pattern recognition in court decisions in general or the recognition and the analysis of specific patterns in decisions of a particular court or judge is often cited as a use case in predictive legal analytics.

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Blockchain technology (also known as “Distributed Ledger Technology”) is more and more used in the legal field, e. g. in the public sector (e-voting, e-government or electronic patient files) or in so-called register transactions (e. g. notary's office, land register, commercial register) or in digital transactions (smart contracts or IoT).

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The state is laying down more and more rules to which companies must adhere. Violation or non-observance may result in expensive financial and image damage. Compliance service providers help companies to behave correctly and in a compliant manner. They advise companies on the introduction of legally compliant processes and the adaptation of their policies and organization.

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