Talk about a niche market. James Coburn’s Harbor Consulting IP Services deals only in IP related to DNA and proteins — and, within that universe, his firm handles just the sequence listing component of patent applications.

But if you’re thinking, “Now there’s a company that won’t last long,” think again: Coburn founded his company in 1995, and last year the five-person firm handled sequence listings for nearly 150 different clients.

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