Freedom-to-Operate Analysis

QB3 partners with the Startup Legal Garage at UC Hastings, a selective program offering free legal services to early-stage technology and biotech companies.

For biotech startups, the Legal Garage focuses exclusively on patent landscape surveys, otherwise known as freedom-to-operate (FTO) analysis. The free legal services are worth an estimated $15,000 to $30,000 and are performed by top UC Hastings law students working under the supervision of attorneys from prominent law firms, such as Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Orrick, DLA Piper and Pillsbury.

Criteria for eligibility are as follows:

  • Less than $1 million in funding
  • Biotech component to your business model
  • Past the “wet-napkin” stage; i.e. have a beta, an MVP, or a product already launched
  • Ready to commit time to legal needs

The Legal Garage offers services in a semiannual cycle, January through April and August through November. Leading up to each session, QB3 takes applications from Startup in a Box companies and forwards selected candidates to the Legal Garage.