Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., an intellectual property law firm with offices in Albany and Rochester, New York, announces the formation of its Startup Practice Group. The Startup Group was formed in order to assist with the intellectual property needs of startup companies.

The Startup Group will leverage the firm’€™s 40 years of experience working with startups and emerging technology companies to deliver a coordinated effort specifically catered to new and developing businesses. We look forward to working together to provide the advice and services necessary to protect new companies’€™ intellectual property. The firm’€™s services, especially tailored to the business needs of startups, include working closely with startup companies when developing business plans, conducting presentations to educate entrepreneurs about the importance of intellectual property strategy, developing and optimizing an intellectual property portfolio in anticipation of meetings with potential investors, preparing for an intellectual property due diligence review by venture capital companies, conducting patent landscape studies and competitor patent analyses, drafting and reviewing relevant agreements, and providing full-service intellectual property assistance such as preparation, licensing, and enforcing intellectual property rights, as well as litigation and dispute resolution.

The firm’€™s managing partner Jeff Rothenberg stated, “With globally significant advances in technology being developed and incubated right here in upstate New York, we are taking the opportunity to deliver high quality intellectual property services to a growing market segment at the business stage when Intellectual Property considerations are vitally important.”

The new practice group is chaired by attorneys Erica Hines and Matthew Hulihan. Both co-chairs hold an undergraduate degree in science, a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School and an MBA from Union College. In addition to assisting startups, the group expects to work closely with regional incubators.