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. Typically, five companies are selected to receive FTO help in the spring cycle and another five in the fall.

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.