About Us

BlueIron was created to address the needs of startups

“Wow. You really made this startup-friendly!”

BlueIron was formed to address the need of startups and small companies who often (1) have lots of ideas but (2) don’t have enough money to protect their ideas adequately.

Our founder, Russ Krajec, was an accomplished engineer and inventor in several industries, ranging from consumer products to aerospace and high volume computer peripherals. After receiving terrible advice (and a very large bill) from a local patent attorney,
Russ took the patent bar exam and practiced as a patent agent for several years, learning the trade. Russ entered law school and became a patent attorney, opening his solo practice in 2003.  In his solo practice, Russ worked for independent inventors, startups, and large multinational corporations.

Russ served as COO and Chief IP Counsel of Concurix Corporation, a venture backed software startup in the Seattle area. At Concurix, Russ curated and managed a patent portfolio of 95 patent families, which he drafted and prosecuted over a two year period.

Russ is a mentor and advisor to several startup companies, and is a mentor for the University of Colorado’s New Venture Challenge, a member of Rockies Venture Club, an advisor at Rocky Mountain Innosphere’s SAGE program and TiE Rockies, and frequent contributor to local meetups along Colorado’s Front Range.

You can contact Russ at [email protected]


Bart Emery is the Director of Valuation for BlueIron.  Bart is a Certified Patent Valuation Analyst as well as a patent attorney, and manages the valuation process for BlueIron.  Bart’s experience includes many years as a patent attorney in the biomedical and chemical arts, as well as being part of the Rockies Venture Club valuation team.

Bart attended law school at the University of Colorado, and focused broadly on intellectual property and entrepreneurial law, including coursework at the Leeds School of Business and multiple internships in technology transfer and patent prosecution. He was one of three members of his class to receive the Certificate in Entrepreneurial Law.

Prior to attending law school, Bart worked at a boutique Silicon Valley law firm specializing in biotechnology patent prosecution. He attended Cornell University as an undergraduate, and studied several fields of biology, with hands-on experiences ranging from pharmaceutical laboratory research and drug marketing to ecology and evolutionary biology field research around the world.

You can contact Bart at [email protected]

BlueIron has a distinguished set of advisors from the business and financial sectors, as well as visionary technical leaders.