Document management company iManage and legal research company vLex now have something else in common besides brand names that start with lower-case letters.

The two companies today announced a partnership that will combine the artificial intelligence and docket-monitoring tools of vLex with the knowledge assets and client and matter folders that a law firm or legal department stores in iManage.

The two companies said that this partnership will result in a number of integrations designed to enhance the workflows and knowledge resources of their customers.

Today they announced the first two of these integrations. One offers law firms a single, AI-powered view across both their internal knowledge base and external legal data. The other automatically loads state and federal litigation filings from vLex’s Docket Alarm into the appropriate client and matter folders in iManage.

To take advantage of these integrations, users must be customers of the relevant products from both vLex and iManage. Both integrations will be available to those customers this summer, at no additional cost.

Vincent AI Powered by iManage

Last October, vLex, following its merger with Fastcase last year, unveiled the latest version of its generative AI legal research platform, Vincent AI. With today’s announcement, users working in the Vincent AI application will be able to access their own organization’s curated knowledge assets from within iManage Work, delivering responses that combine the firm’s work product and the vLex public law library.

This means that users will be able to answer questions based on both prior work product and the law itself, the two companies say. They offer the example of a legal professional who asks a question about trade secret law with regard to an employee stealing customer data. The integration would generate a response that combines the firm’s previous matters and know how together with case materials in public legal sources.

“This allows firms to use their internal knowledge assets alongside the extensive vLex public law database to answer questions, draft arguments, compare jurisdictions, or analyze other documents,” Ed Walters, chief strategy officer at vLex, told me in an email. “This adds generative AI capabilities to law firms’ internal knowledge libraries in a very powerful way.”

This integration will be available initially in the vLex platform, leveraging knowledge through iManage Insight+, iManage’s knowledge search and management solution.

Automated Docket Ingestion with vLex Docket Alarm

The second integration the companies announced today enables the automatic loading of state and federal litigation filings from vLex Docket Alarm into the correct client and matter folders within iManage.

The companies say this will help lawyers access and share court filings from within the matter file in iManage.

It also means that the court filings will be fully searchable within iManage by judge names, court, jurisdiction, and other search criteria.

“We are proud to announce this collaboration, which will empower iManage customers by giving them trusted and specialist domain intelligence, at the point at which they need it – be that in iManage Work, Insight+ or Vincent AI,” said Neil Araujo, CEO of iManage. “This partnership enhances the value of both vLex and iManage, making them even more powerful for legal professionals.”

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.