The HIVE UAS Tech Accelerator in Grand Forks, ND




Contact: Maggie Brockling
City of Grand Forks // The HIVE
Phone: 701.792.2883
Social Media: @hive-gf | @thehivegf

                                                                                The HIVE Partners with Fargo Patent and Business Law


Grand Forks (May 31, 2024): The HIVE recently formed a partnership with Fargo Patent and Business Law to enhance the services for the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) members and tenants.

The HIVE membership has grown exponentially in the past year. It is a value-add to have experts on-site who can provide informal thoughts on best practices in the unmanned aerial sector. Fargo Patent and Business Law has offered UAS-specific training at the HIVE, which was well-received by members. The HIVE seeks to support the sustainable growth of companies while connecting members to resources for assistance in navigating this challenging sector in Grand Forks.

Managing Director of the HIVE, Johnny Ryan, states, “We are so pleased to add Fargo Patent & Business Law as mentoring members at the HIVE. Their wealth of industry knowledge from a legal perspective is very unique and uncommon. The UAS companies in the HIVE are scaling at different rates and frequently need access to legal professionals. Fargo Patent & Business Law can offer best practices, trainings, and informal feedback.”

“North Dakota is rapidly emerging as an innovation epicenter, with Grand Forks leading the charge into the future of UAS and autonomous systems,” stated Austan Wellman, Intellectual Property Attorney at Fargo Patent and Business Law (FPL). “We’re thrilled to join The HIVE, supporting groundbreaking innovators in the region. FPL is delighted to offer the members and the broader community ongoing Upskill training sessions throughout the year, focusing on critical legal issues every forward-thinking business should consider. We’re dedicated to empowering innovators by helping them establish robust legal frameworks, covering essential areas such as intellectual property protection, business investments, and contractual agreements.”

Training events presented by the HIVE are free for members and a nominal fee for non-members. For more information on programs by partners, sponsors, and members can be found at


About the HIVE:  The mission statement is to attract like minded, UAS companies and cultivate their growth through connections, access, and relationship building. The vision statement is to make Grand Forks the epicenter of UAS. The HIVE is an unmanned aerial systems and autonomous technology accelerator located in the heart of downtown Grand Forks. The 32,000+ square foot facility offers training, networking, offices, workspace, and meeting rooms for UAS and autonomous companies to gain traction in the Grand Forks economy.

About Fargo Patent and Business Law: Tom Kading founded Fargo Patent & Business Law because he believed attorneys should have experience both in business and law. Especially attorneys who advise businesses on how to solve problems. We have worked hard to lay a strong foundation for innovative businesses. Our core focus is protecting intellectual property for our client’s success.