How Advances in Technology Can Actually Work For Your Practice

Ben, Founder and CEO of Patent Theory, Sept. 11, 2020

In many law practices, the challenge with most technology is finding the balance between an attorney's desire to control both the experience and outcome and the existing technologies that can improve the results.
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We've all heard about this or that technology that is supposed to speed things up, reduce errors, and provide better insight for just about anything. But, when it comes to law practice, attorneys may be even more resistant to adopting these technologies than others.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning always seems to promise the world, but only delivers a small corner of it. As attorneys who are brave enough to spend time learning new technologies can tell you, setting the right expectations is key. AI will not likely do the intellectual heavy lifting for you. But, it can, if used properly, be a very powerful tool.

So, why are attorneys some of the last people to adopt new technologies? At Patent Theory we have heard many of the excuses. One of the most common is some variation of "I like what your tool does, but my drafts look slightly different than this default template's output."

We get it. You want your work product to look and read like your own! That's why we created Templates that you can augment on your own to make the work product look and read like it should. If you are looking for more control, you got it.

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Let's take a look at what our Patent Theory Templates include. The Template section of Patent Theory is meant to enable you to change wording in each section of the resulting document. Do you like to use specific wording in relation to your computer-readable medium? Or perhaps you like to change the way your method claims are mirrored into different claims. This is all possible with the Templates.

Further, you should also try playing around with our variable tags. Variable tags are text tags in between brackets (<...>) that will tell the Patent Theory system to fetch a pre-trained output that is related to the figures, the input claims, and more. As you become more familiar with the variable tags, creating new variations of output text is very simple.

This sort of work to set up Templates is one way to reduce the overall time spent. You can set up a Template for any given purpose such as for a specific technology, a specific client, a specific reviewer, or any of the above. You can also set up a given template to be shared with colleagues such as a trainee. In this way, you will know that drafts generated by Patent Theory will have all of the language you like to use in the right spots.

So, before you turn away from technology like Patent Theory's automated drafting tool, consider giving it a second look. What you find might surprise you. In addition, Patent Theory also handles custom figure requests, wherein your drafts can be generated with figures that are in fact your own figures. If you have a figure that you like to use for software cases for example, let us know and we can design the system to punch out first drafts that should be indistinguishable in seconds.

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