NextLaw Labs, Dentons‚ collaborative innovation platform, has joined with IBM to create a technology platform program using IBM Cloud enabling startups to create and deploy legal applications more quickly. In working with IBM, NextLaw Labs will provide legal tech startups with access to IBM Cloud and the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups. These companies will also have access to IBM’s platform-as-a-service, Bluemix, the largest Cloud Foundry deployment in the world.
NextLaw Labs has also signed a deal with its first portfolio company, ROSS Intelligence Inc., a startup developing a legal advisor app powered by IBM Watson. With the support of Watson’s cognitive computing and natural language processing capabilities, lawyers ask ROSS their research question in natural language, as they would a person, then ROSS identifies and reads through the applicable law, draws inferences and returns an answer.