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FISHstep®

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About The Program

FISHstep® is designed to enable startup companies to protect their intellectual property early in their formation – often before the first round of seed funding – without diverting cash from their core business.

Select startup companies will be invited to join the FISHstep program, the benefits of which include the preparation and filing of a patent application with deferred billing until the company is funded, in exchange for 1% of the startup company’s equity.

Since 1878, our firm has been at the forefront of evolutionary change in technology and patent law. We started as a small Boston law firm and now have a legal team of more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists in 12 offices around the world.

We are proud to have represented technology luminaries such as Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and the Wright brothers before they were stars – when they were entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and a drive to succeed.

The FISHstep program was created with this history and ingenuity in mind. After consulting with incubators, investors, and former startups, we built this program with the goal of providing select startup companies with a means to protect their valuable intellectual property early in their formation.

Once the next round of the FISHstep program opens, interested applicants can apply by completing the application at http://www.f6s.com/fishstep.*  Applicants will be evaluated by a Review Committee – a panel of startup experts, including angel investors, founders, business leaders, and intellectual property attorneys – and select startups will be invited to join the FISHstep program. We plan to run the program bi-annually. FISHstep applications are now closed.

We look forward to working with you on this exciting new program. For further information, please contact us at FISHstep@fr.com and follow us on twitter @FISHstep.

Download the FISHstep brochure here.

*Click here for a sample.