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After 30 years, law firms begin to embrace legal software

Back in 1993, Irving Rappaport and his business partner, Kevin Rivette founded Smart Patents. The company was one of the early legal software firms. Smart Patents’ goal was to create a “Digital Patent” and transition patent attorneys from working on paper to working on an electronic format. According to Irving Rappaport, co-founder and managing director of IP Checkups, Inc., “Smart Patents was the first software that enabled attorneys to search the text and images of a patent on the same screen, annotate the documents, and share the information with colleagues.”