IP Counsel for Startups & SMBs

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Why Stake

Designed for startups.

For entrepreneurs who need to stake out their market position, Stake is a new kind of law firm that you subscribe to rather than pay billable hours.

Unlike traditional law firms, Stake gives you access to the IP knowledge you need in a way that finally makes sense for startups.


Stake's mission is to protect your hard work and give you peace of mind.


We prize integrity in our conduct—this is something we won't compromise, even for a client.


We prioritize communication. Stake's business model encourages open communication with your attorney.


We strive to provide clear and effective counsel to clients, avoiding legalese everywhere possible.

How does Stake work?

Step 1

Book a free discovery call

Get all of your questions answered by setting up a free discovery call if you're considering applying for a Stake subscription.

Step 2

Apply to become a Stake subscriber

Find out if Stake will be able to work with your business by applying to become a client of Stake.

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Step 3

Stake manages your IP as your startup grows

  • Get your questions answered
  • Dynamic IP portfolio
  • Integrated with your business
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Joshua Mertzlufft, Founder & CEO


Joshua Mertzlufft

Founder & CEO

Joshua is an experienced patent attorney and counselor who leads Stake to provide top-of-class client service. With a background in applied physics, Joshua is able to work with clients in a variety of patent procurement and litigation matters in industries including energy, cleantech, software, telecommunications, and aerospace. Joshua is a former engineer and web developer, and he has experience working with clients ranging from pre-seed startups to stock exchange-listed corporations.

Joshua works with companies and inventors a variety of fields including:

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • Blockchain
  • Electronics
  • Optics & Photonics
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Aerospace

In law school, Joshua was the Editor-in-Chief of the Buffalo Law Review, ranked internationally in the prestigious Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court, and received awards in trial technique and intellectual property law. Prior to founding Mertzlufft Law, Joshua was a patent attorney with a large law firm and a mechanical engineer in the energy and heat transfer industry.

Bar Admissions

  • New York State
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Western District of New York (Federal)


  • J.D., University at Buffalo
  • B.S., Houghton College

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