[2-Credit CLE Seminar] Understand and Protect Your Technology: Strategic Considerations in IP Business Transactions and Patent Troll Litigation

Temple Law Japan is honored to present Frank Fletcher and Jonathan Hobbs as special guest speakers for a 2-credit CLE seminar on the topic Understand and Protect Your Technology: Strategic Considerations in IP Business Transactions and Patent Troll Litigation.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
18:30 doors open
19:00 seminar starts
21:00 seminar ends
Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall, The Parliament Student Lounge (Access)
¥5,000 for attendees requiring CLE credit.
(Free to attendees not requiring credit)
E-mail tujlaw@tuj.temple.edu by the day before the seminar


  • This seminar is held in English.
  • Persons who are interested in the topic but who do not require CLE credits are most welcome to attend.

Legal practitioners deal with a host of intellectual property issues in the context of corporate, commercial and other business transactions, as well as litigation. In this CLE, you will gain an in-depth understanding of strategies to be an effective technology transactions legal practitioner. By truly knowing what portion of the technology is important to clients and how it works, the transactional attorney will be able to identify the key technology to be protected while limiting risks and making sure that the client’s legal rights are secure.

Attendees will refine their expertise in understanding how to learn technology through the lego block theory, which is a valuable foundation to study the relevant basics of all areas of technology. Discussion will include ways to implement a successful patent strategy, an overview of third-party patents for patent-essential standards, and an update on patent troll litigation in the U.S.

About the Speakers

Frank Fletcher

Frank Fletcher is a partner with the law firm of outsideGC (outsideGC.com), a 15-year old firm with over 45 senior attorneys providing part-time General Counsel services to growing companies. He has over 15 years of experience providing legal support to technology companies including more than five years serving as General Counsel for a German multi-media software company. Prior to Silicon Valley and moving into technology, he worked for more than five years for a law firm in Tokyo specializing in transportation law. Frank earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Florida and is admitted to the Bar in California, New York and New Jersey. In addition, he has been awarded an MBA (Finance) from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and a BBA (Marketing) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Additional background is available under his LinkedIn profile at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/frankfletcherprofile, where he has posted links to ten of his articles published in the ACC Docket, the Journal of the Association of Corporate Counsel. Frank has served on the Editorial Advisory Board ACC Docket since 2011.

Jonathan Hobbs

Jonathan Hobbs is the founder and director of Hobbs & Associates, a patent firm based in Nagoya, Japan. Jon has been admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) since 2011. A true technologist at heart, Jon has been awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Neuroscience & Physics from Indiana University Bloomington, and has published numerous academic papers in the areas of neuroscience, networking, electronics and digital information storage. A resident of Nagoya, Japan since 2011, Jon has a long-term commitment to Japan and conducts business primarily in Japanese. A true polyglot he is also conversant in Spanish, French, and Russian. In addition to his Ph.D, Jon was awarded an undergraduate Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Psychology & Japanese from Ball State University. For additional background feel free to visit Jon’s LinkedIn profile at: https://jp.linkedin.com/in/jonphobbs, where you can find posted links to his published articles and a summary of the Japanese business organizations with which he is currently active.

About CLE Credit

Temple Law School is an accredited provider of continuing legal education (CLE) in Pennsylvania. Various states, including California and New York, recognize Pennsylvania CLE credits. However, attorneys are responsible for checking with the CLE board in their jurisdiction before attending the CLE seminar whether Pennsylvania CLE credits will count towards their CLE requirements and what their jurisdiction requires them to do to claim out-of-state CLE credits. Please inform us before the seminar if your CLE board requires anything other than a copy of the Pennsylvania CLE credit form and a certificate of attendance.

Note: Persons who are interested in the topic but who do not require CLE credits are most welcome to attend.