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Companies move forward in Ontario AI Legal Challenge

Thursday, January 04, 2018 @ 1:42 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Six startup technology companies have made it past the first round of judges at the Ontario AI Legal Challenge.

Sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General and the Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) at Ryerson University, the challenge was developed to encourage and support Ontario-based technology companies that are applying artificial intelligence (AI) to legal applications.

The way the challenge works is that companies submitted their applications, describing what their technology does and how it will be used to solve legal issues. Applicants were narrowed down to six top contenders and these companies were rewarded with a four-month residency at LIZ where they would be offered support, access to technology and the opportunity to interact with other young legal technology businesses.

After the six finalists complete their residency, they will be required to pitch their product to a panel of experts. The top three placing companies will share $80,000 in seed funding and will be rewarded with an additional four months at LIZ.

The six companies that have earned their way into LIZ are:

  • Destin AI is developing what it calls the world’s first AI-based chatbot to support individuals undergoing the immigration process. Destin’s platform offers a self‐assessment eligibility checker, prepares documents and guides users through the various steps of their application.
  • Diligen Inc. is using machine learning algorithms to improve the due diligence process for mergers and acquisition (M&A) and corporate finance transactions at large law firms. Diligen combines automatic contract review with collaborative project management tools.
  • Evichat, which offers an e-discovery tool that allows lawyers to efficiently collect and review mobile communications and social media data from litigants, in order to reduce costs, resources and time spent on the file.
  • LoomAnalytics is creating a data‐driven legal research assistant that finds, classifies and sorts case law. Loom’s solution uses a combination of legal analysis and machine learning and provides hard numbers on win/loss rates, judge ruling histories and litigation trends over time.
  • Legalicity, which offers a patent analysis tool called NLPatent that examines millions of existing patents to identify those with a similar concept to the proposed invention and then evaluates the novelty and obviousness of the idea relative to the prior art.
  • Splyt, which has a online platform that allows a user to complete an application for divorce. Its primary focus is uncontested divorces in Ontario and it walks users through each step of the application and auto‐fills the various court forms required.