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$8.7m series a is landed by Ross Intelligence to speed up legal research with AI

In understanding of machine learning, ROSS INTELLIGENT is going after LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters for ownership of legal research. Andrew Arruda, Jimoh Ovbiagele and Pargles Dall’Oglio, who established the startup in 2015, at the University of Toronto, has announced an $8.7 million Series A  which is led by iNovia Capital with participation from Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund, Y Combinator Continuity Fund, Real Ventures, Dentons’ Next Law Labs and angels.

Ross is a way which helps legal teams sort through case law to find details relevant to new cases it is a time consuming process which takes the help of standard keyword search, so ROSS is increasing keyword search with machine learning to improve the research process and to generate relevant items.

ROSS is using a combination of the learning algorithms of two kinds namely: i) shelf II) proprietary algorithm, for its AI stack.

It is an expensive project to build a complete machine learning stack so it makes sense for startups to trust on off the shelf tech early on so long as decisions are being made that ensure the capability of the business.  It is working with 20 law firms to simulate flow of work examples and to get human feedback.

The company’s initial motive was to sell software designed for specific domains of law to large firms like Latham & Watkins and Sidley Austin. But now, ROSS serves  in both bankruptcy and intellectual property law and is planning to expand in other laws such as  labor and employment and to serve the smaller law firms as well.

Many of the entities carrying business like this business, is supplying products to interns and college students for free so that the future employers can use their advanced tools.

The work ROSS is doing with law schools and law students is interesting,” Karam Nijjar, a partner at iNovia Capital and investor in ROSS, asserted. “As these students enter the workforce, you’re taking someone using an iPhone and handing them a BlackBerry their first day on the job.”

Prior to this, ROSS had secured a $4.3 million seed round also led by iNovia Capital. Ross is planning to navigate g a heavy field of mergers and acquisitions and attempts by legacy players to ensure to consolidate such legal tech service.

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