Legal Solutions Blog The matter of client file maintenance in the digital age - Legal Solutions Blog. As this article states, client files are the lifeblood of a law practice, big or small. Keeping them solely on paper in a time of cheap computer storage risks a malpractice claim. Cheap scanners, cheap computer memory, and cheap backup media demand that paper documents be scanned and archived as soon as they are received or prepared. Now that most filings can be, and some must be, made electronically, it is imperative that every lawyer develop systems for organizing those records. Do you know where your files are?
Modobag - The World%u2019s ONLY Motorized, Smart, Connected Carry-on Luggage!. If you have a thousand dollars to spare, and you are too lazy to walk through airports, this is the product for you. In the Saturday morning "Are You Kidding Me" segment, I give you Modobag, a suitcase that you ride like a hobby horse for adults. I can't imagine being the first guy or gal to ride around on one of these; but, I still remember the days when we carried our luggage around. If you are too lazy to drag a roll around overnight bag around, you should probably stay home anyway. Jeez.
Samsung sues Huawei for alleged patent violations | KOMO. You would think, after years of defending patent litigation from Apple, Samsung would have its fill of litigation. It is clear that all mobile phone companies copy stuff from other companies. When that rises to the level of infringement is, it is true, a decision for the court system; but, consumers are the losers. Now, Samsung has sued Huawei for allege violations if its patents. To its credit, Samsung, unlike Apple, is not seeking to bar sale of Huawei products, and is only seeking money damages. But, it will be a tough sell for Samsung to hold itself out as the good guy in the patent wars. Can't we all just get along?
Pok�mon Go -- another reminder about the duty of competence for lawyers | The Law for Lawyers Today. Robert Ambrogi points to this article about lawyers' responsibilities regarding new technology. Given the legal risks inherent in this new game phenomenon. the author posits, and Ambrogi agrees, that attorneys have an ethical obligation to their clients to be well versed in this and other new technologies. Does this mean I have to load and play the game? Thank God, no. But, attorneys who fail to understand and evaluate the significance of any new technology are ethical violations waiting to happen. So, don't ignore posts about the new tech just because you don't intend to use it. You need to understand it, and understand the legal consequences that may flow from it in order to be a lawyer in this brave, new world.
Would You Take Business Advice From Artificial Intelligence? | Gizmodo Australia. Okay, by now you know that I don't like the term "artificial intelligence". However, as a buzz word to describe so called machine learning computers, it will suffice. This article highlights a new system that purports to give business advice to business owners, and creates a new question for me. Would you take legal advice from a computer? Every lawyer has clients who reject or ignore her advice on occasion. Sometimes, clients just want to go their own way, and don't see a benefit from a suggested course of conduct. Of course, sometimes attorneys spout judgments about business issues that aren't really law related, and that advice may not be valid. Will future clients be more apt to rely on a machine? As technology advances, we shall see.
Smart Contract Pioneer Legalese Wins Development Grant %u2013 artificial lawyer.One of the primary jobs of any lawyer is the drafting, review, and advice about contracts. Contracts are the underpinning of commercial society, and their drafting, review, negotiation and enforcement make up much of the typical lawyer's practice. This startup believes that computers can create "smart contracts" that draft themselves, and will replace much of the work now performed by lawyers. Unfortunately, contract drafting, while enhanced by computers and technology, requires many other disciplines, including client contact, emotional control, human interaction, and bargaining power, that will likely not be able to be replaced by a computer. In fact, computer based systems have been creating starting points for contract drafting for some years. Standard contracts are available that greatly reduce the time necessary to create many types of contracts and documents, and document assembly programs remove much of the basic drafting, leaving tweaking, and personalization to the lawyer, who ideally applies his experience, judgment and talent to the process. Computer enhanced contract drafting allows lawyers to create a better product; but, they will never be able to walk the fine line between parties in a negotiation of terms. And, no contract will ever be immune from the vagaries of real life, or future breaches of its terms. Those problems will be with us forever, and any software company needs to recognize that reality.