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Inventing a product or developing a breakthrough technology is risky business. The sacrifice and commitment to bringing an innovation to life is significant. If you are successful, the rewards are great and can be limitless.

FGD Law was founded nearly a decade ago out of a deep affinity for those who dare to make a real contribution to a vision of the future. With many of our team members having long involvement in private equity, venture funding and other start-up circles, we understand at gut level what is required to invent, scale, grow, compete and exit.

Most new companies starting out have little to leverage and no bargaining power. It is critical that the leadership remain vigilant about protecting the bottom line. For innovators, that starts and ends with their intellectual property.

This is where FGD Law makes all the difference for early stage and growth companies.

FGD Law recognizes the criticality of all your business assets. We develop protection management strategies to ensure that the value of all your assets grows proportionately with the scaling of your enterprise.

With our own network of venture firms and other sources of capital as well as partnerships with patent specialists, valuation and accounting experts, we guide you to the best options for securing, protecting and maturing your assets throughout the developmental journey.

Addressing Key Issues Head On

Many early stage or even mature innovation companies outsource various aspects of their IP development. What many business leaders fail to do however is properly scrutinize that resource and diligently manage the contractual agreements.

If all of the potential variables or contingencies are not accounted for in solid agreements from the onset, unanticipated issues could trigger costly litigation as the result of a resource failing to meet expectations.

Too often, clients can fail to patent their processes and formulas, holding them only by trade secret. FGD team members are masters of trade secret licensing and protection – especially regarding software and general IT, copyright and patent issues. We understand the technical nuances at the intersection of your underlying assets and your growth imperatives.

As your committed advocate, we immerse ourselves in your business, provide reliable decision support that’s grounded in analysis and proper documentation, and help you anticipate all of the issues that may arise so you are prepared for any uncertainties.

Early Stage and Growth Companies: What We Offer

Entity Formation
With the initiation of a new business, FGD Law can guide you through the important early steps of whether to run and structure it as a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability or corporation and then determine the appropriate jurisdiction. Our team can also help you navigate the most viable options for your situation regarding attracting investors and planning for future funding as your grow. We also counsel and support non-profits in seeking an IRC 501(c)3 determination letter.

Corporate Governance
The FGD team offers new business owners extensive experience in the range of complex structures, processes and compliance requirements for effective governance. Our collaborative approach can meet your needs as a fully outsourced provider or an internal of-counsel resource – from employment issues, board of director obligations and shareholder voting rights to taxation of income, and day-to-day operations.

Commercial Transactions
Contracting should never be executed without the assurance of reliable legal counsel. Our team supports the full range of transactions likely to occur during the developmental journey – from licensing, manufacturing, distribution and sales agreements to vendor relationships, leasing or real estate acquisitions.

Business Tax
FGD Law is particularly experienced in the range of tax matters that both individuals and businesses encounter – especially transaction structures and their correlating tax consequences. We are experts at preparing and understanding complex tax returns, managing audits, and providing effective representation in federal or state administrative hearings and court proceedings.


Financing Guidance – including Venture Capital and Secondary Offerings
Intellectual Property
Strategic Alliances

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FGD Law is always open to hearing from qualified candidates for future reference. Please address your correspondence to:

Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce

BNI Maine

Boston Healthcare Associates, Inc.

Cambridge Innovation Center

Chestnut Innovation Center

FDLI: The Food and Drug Law Institute

Knowledge and connection to the life science community.

Maine Department of Labor
A tutorial on how to determine “Independent Contractor” status.

Maine State Chamber of Commerce

Maine Technology Institute

Maine Women’s Fund

MIT Enterprise Forum

Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce

Secretary of State Offices
The web sites for all U.S. states and territories.

TechSandBox: MetroWest Innovation Hub

USPTO: Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Small Business Administration

Venture Alpha East

Women’s Association of Venture and Equity