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Q: Size of Electronic Discovery ( No Answer,   3 Comments )
Subject: Size of Electronic Discovery
Category: Relationships and Society > Law
Asked by: bcedge-ga
List Price: $40.00
Posted: 17 Mar 2004 13:30 PST
Expires: 16 Apr 2004 14:30 PDT
Question ID: 317701
What is the size of the Electronic Discovery Market in the Legal Services industry?
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Subject: Re: Size of Electronic Discovery
From: neilzero-ga on 17 Mar 2004 14:29 PST
I presume your question relates to determining if a device can be
patented? Are you thinking USA? Nearly all electronic devices are
mostly other science and technology, so separating electronics from
other inventions will be difficult both for getting you numbers and 
attracting customers assuming you plan to specialize in electronic
patents. Is a house, car, audio speakers, and the mechanism that turns
a CD electronics? Certainly not primarilly, but a particular invention
for these might have an electronic chip and/or some electrical
components. Do you plan to specialize only in discovery and not the
other aspects of patients, or perhaps you are specialzing in murder
cases that involved electronics either directly or indirectly.
 It is of course possible you will specialize in discovering new
science that may relate to electronics when and if practical
applications are discovered. ie Sedna was recently discovered at about
3 times the distance of Neptune. Important electronic connections
could appear in a few years, although that seems unlikely.   Neil
Subject: Re: Size of Electronic Discovery
From: ipfan-ga on 17 Mar 2004 14:58 PST
Actually, if I may (with your permission bcedge) try to clarify the
question:  in litigation, there is a phase of the process known as
"discovery."  This is the period after the complaint is filed but
before trial during which the parties "discover" all the facts about
the other party's case.  Many lawyers have turned to "Electronic
Discovery" during this phase of the litigation, which means that they
use electronic data retrieval, storage, tracking, presentation, etc.,
as opposed to using paper hard copies of documents and evidence.  The
question is asking for statistics on how much demand there is among
lawyers for "electronic discovery"--do they use it, how often, how
much, etc.  Many people are trying to get into the business of
offering this service to lawyers, and I presume bcedge is trying to
quantify how big the market is for just such a service.  The service
providers typically place documents and depositions in computer media,
put videos onto DVd?s, create PowerPoint presentations for trials,
make computer simulations of accidents, stuff like that.
Subject: Re: Size of Electronic Discovery
From: bcedge-ga on 17 Mar 2004 16:13 PST
Thank you both for posting comments. For clarification, I am speaking
of what ipfan is talking about: Electronic Legal Services related to
the discovery process in a legal trial. This has become a rapidly
growing market, and while growing, it is a concept and market unto
itself within the legal services industry.  We already have a market
projection produced by a gentlmen named Sousha, but these figures are
highly suspect.

We need supporting evidence, articles, reports, research, etc. to
support the approximate market size of the electronic discovery
market. -bcedge

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