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Emerging Companies

Supportive. Insightful. Strategic.

Rothwell Figg’s emerging companies practice team works with innovative companies during their early stages and throughout their growth by providing strategic advice, counseling, and assistance to help these breakthrough companies reach their goals. These efforts include working with our clients to build valuable IP portfolios, forge strategic relationships, structure key deals, develop internal policies, and take other critical steps to prepare for success early on and down the road, including through funding rounds and exits.

We are a long-recognized legal powerhouse in serving technology-based companies and often begin relationships with our clients in the very early stages of their growth, when protection of core technology is essential. Due to this, we possess a deep understanding of the myriad challenges that emerging companies face when breaking into and establishing themselves in their respective markets. We frequently get into the trenches with our clients and work as a valued member of the executive leadership team, including in situations where a client does not have in-house or established counsel, or where a client’s existing counsel utilizes us to help achieve key company objectives. We routinely participate in board and investor discussions addressing a broad spectrum of legal issues and strategic matters, and readily assist in other areas where our clients request our services.

Our team excels at deciphering key translational aspects of a wide range of technologies and maximizing leverage in the context of a client’s desired implementation of such technologies, whether as participants in dynamic markets or as first movers. We have extensive experience in many diverse technologies and industry sectors including, but not limited to: life sciences, pharmaceuticals, genetic engineering, biosimilars, media, software, artificial intelligence, medical devices, plant science, information technology, communications, internet and digital media, tokenization and blockchain technology, cybersecurity, fintech, advanced electronics, semiconductors devices, and a wide variety of mechanical systems and devices.

Our comprehensive services include handling matters relating to: patent strategy and portfolio development; complex patent / IP licensing agreements; trade secret protection and strategy; sponsored research agreements; material transfer agreements; trademark protection and strategy; founding agreements and consents; corporate formation; international IP protection via our international network; IP due diligence; negotiation preparation, strategy and execution; corporate transactions; freedom to operate; patentability search and analysis; stockholder-related agreements; consulting agreements; non-disclosure agreements; option agreements; internal policies and procedures; invention disclosure and IP assignment agreements; clinical trial agreements; software licensing agreements; asset purchase agreements; joint-venture agreements; and other services.

We sponsor and contribute to our Emerging Companies Blog, RF EMerge (www.RFEMerge.com), which is a resource for early-stage companies providing content on common challenges faced, pertinent industry trends and analysis, and key legal developments affecting emerging companies. The content is generated and edited by Rothwell Figg attorneys who serve such growth companies in our emerging companies practice team.