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Late last year, attorneys at international law firm Gowling WLG were approached by a client with a seemingly herculean task: break down a large data set of contracts and find out exactly what was in each one.

“They had a contract management system they acquired, and they wanted to put all this contract information into the system,” recalls Rick Kathuria, the firm’s national director of project management and legal logistics. “They looked at doing it themselves, but realized they just didn’t have the time.”

InnovationRaceThe problem was that the clients’ contracts were unknown entities. Many had started out in standardized templates, but through sales and business interactions, each became a unique legal agreement. Gowling could have deployed a vast team of attorneys to review and dissect each contract. Instead, it decided to shun the manual review process for something far more efficient. “[We] asked if we should use artificial intelligence (AI) for this, to see if AI can identify a lot of the information they were are looking for,” Kathuria says.

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Rhys Dipshan

CT-born, New York-based legal tech reporter covering everything from in-house technology disruption to privacy trends, blockchain, AI, cybersecurity, and ghosts-in-the-machine. Continually waiting for law to catch up with tech. (It's like waiting for Godot, but without the clowns)

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