Straight-shooting, strategic IP counsel to drive growth.

We build and run patent & trademark strategies for space, energy, and tech startups.

Innovative companies need IP counsel.

We’re a great fit for innovative tech, space, and energy companies with headcounts of 2 to 500.

Strategy comes first.

First, we build out your IP game plan. Then, we bring our experience to bear to execute it.

We can partner with you to build out your IP portfolio to protect things like your inventions, brands, and content.

We can provide the legal support you need thorough the legal side of entrepreneurship, ranging from innovation protection and strategy to brand defense.

We are able to provide bespoke searches related to a variety of forms of IP, for example, determining a patent landscape, patentability, freedom to operate, trademark clearance, and more. We’re able to go even further than searching and provide formal legal opinions on patentability, freedom to operate, (in)validity, (non-)infringement, trademarkability, and more.

Whether you’re licensing your intellectual property or getting acquired, we are able to provide the IP & tech legal support needed.

We can provide representation in administrative proceedings where the validity of a trademark (TTAB) or a patent (PTAB) is contested.

A patent, trademark, or copyright is enforced, ultimately, by suing an infringer in Federal District Court. Book a call to learn more about this process.

Protect + Defend

We do all things IP, whether it’s securing new IP protection, enforcing existing IP, or defending against infringement actions.

Meet Josh, our founder.

Joshua Mertzlufft started his career with a B.S. in Applied Physics and a job as a mechanical engineer.

Then he became a U.S. patent attorney.

Josh left big law in 2021 to start Stake and work with the best kind of clients: startups & SMBs.

What other CEOs are saying:

Jake
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[Joshua] prides himself on putting together a complete game plan to achieve your goals.
Austin
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Customer service and dedication to quick responses has been greatly appreciated. Highly recommend.
Mike
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I found working with Josh, as a new business owner very informative and helpful. Josh was easy to work with and understand legal verbiage. I absolutely will work with him again.
Dave
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Honest, quick, knowledgeable, and reliable!
Dominic
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If you ever need an IP lawyer this is the place to go
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I highly recommend working with the Mertzlufft Law firm for all of your patent needs.
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Big firm, been there, done that. We have a lot more fun working with innovative companies every day.

Straight shooters.

No waffling and equivocating. Expect open communication and clear recommendations when working with us.

Focused on tech law.

We live and breathe tech law. So much so that other attorneys regularly ask for our help.

Global experience.

We know the ins-and-outs of both U.S. and international IP law. We have the logistics in place to go wherever your company does.

Learn why & how space & tech startups get patents.

Our free E-book contains all you need to get started with patents in plain English.

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