An interesting tool for legal departments came to my attention on Charles Christian’s online American Legal Technology Insider, March 2010.
“Baseline Solutions has launched a new legal document review tool called Baseline. Through a series of customizable ‘Playbooks,’ the system automatically inserts omitted language and deletes undesirable text from 3rd party documents. Baseline marks the document in Microsoft Word using track changes and hyperlinks clauses to a knowledge-base of expert commentary and best practices.”
Christian adds that Baseline costs from $139 per user per month (a free trial is available) and it particularly helps with routine documents such as Non-Disclosure Agreements, Service Level Agreements and software license agreements.
It sounds as if Baseline reverse engineers the other side’s document and modifies it to have more text that you want in it. If it does that, many legal departments might want to consider it (See my post of Oct. 19, 2009: four advantages of document assembly.).