NEW YORK ­— Legal research provider LexisNexis Group has acquired Lex Machina, a first mover in the area of litigation analytics, the companies announced Monday. The move will expand offerings to Lexis users and could rapidly deploy Lex Machina’s technology to areas beyond its roots in intellectual property.

While the financials of the deal were not disclosed, Lex Machina CEO Josh Becker said the Silicon Valley-based company will continue to exist as a subsidiary of LexisNexis, allowing it to maintain its culture and continue to develop the product with the support of the larger organization. Becker said that through the deal Lex Machina will gain access to Lexis’ massive data library. Lex Machina pushed beyond patent law to trademark and copyright earlier this year, and now it will start expanding its analytics to federal civil law and eventually state law,

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