Curtis Hom is an attorney and serves as independent counsel to boards of directors of U.S. public listed companies for their annual board self-evaluation process and related matters. He is the founder of Innova Legal Group, PLLC, and is outside legal counsel to technology companies for business strategy, software licensing and online subscription programs, and technology standards engagements. He also serves or has served as a board member of two national non-profit organizations: the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (www.apaics.org) and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (www.napaba.org).
Mr. Hom is adjunct faculty at the University of Washington School of Law where he teaches intellectual property licensing to postgraduate law students. He also is an advisory committee member of the Slade Gorton International Policy Center at The National Bureau of Asian Research (http://sladegortoncenter.nbr.org). He is a regular speaker, and has presented on corporate director selection, intellectual property, business development and technology standards organizations in the U.S. and Asia.
Prior to founding Innova Legal Group, Mr. Hom was a senior attorney at Microsoft Corporation headquarters where he supported strategic corporate engagements at domestic and international technical standards organizations, and international OEM software licensing to PC and mobile device manufacturers. He previously served as senior legislative staff to U.S. Senator Slade Gorton, for whom he drafted and generated bipartisan support for the Chinese Student Protection Act which was signed into law in 1992. He also provided primary staff support for legislation and debate on the 1991 amendments to the Civil Rights Act, concerning which Senator Gorton played a strategic behind-the-scenes role and regularly addressed on the Senate floor. (See, e.g., http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?r102:1:./temp/~r102nnor9c:e47:).
After graduating from the University of Minnesota and the Columbia University School of Law and spending two years as an international student and law lecturer at Peking University, Mr. Hom started his legal career in the corporate transactions and taxation department of a prominent Seattle law firm.
Mr. Hom grew up in rural Minnesota where he learned how to drive grain trucks, operate a wheat combine harvester, perform manual labor and restore an antique automobile. He quickly learned that a life of physically strenuous work in a small town was not well-suited for him, so he decided to go to college, attend law school, travel and work in major cities in the US and abroad.
He resides with his wife (a former attorney whom he met while studying in China) in Kirkland, Washington, about a mile from the original Costco headquarters. They have two daughters in college, a teenage son and a golden retriever.
Additional professional information about Mr. Hom can be found on the web at LinkedIn.com (www.linkedin.com/in/curtishom).
Languages spoken: Mandarin
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Summa cum laude||University of Minnesota||1980|
|Phi Beta Kappa||Phi Beta Kappa Association||1979|
|Distinguished Attorney peer review rating (current)||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Adjunct Faculty, IP Law Graduate Program (Licensing, Standards)||University Of Washington School Of Law||2013 - Present|
|Founder and Principal||Innova Legal Group, PLLC||2008 - Present|
|Legal Mentor, Entrepreneurship Clinic||Seattle University School of Law||2006 - 2008|
|Senior Attorney||Microsoft Corporation||2003 - 2008|
|Attorney||Microsoft Corporation||1993 - 2003|
|Principal||Law Office of Curtis Hom||1991 - 1993|
|Legal Counsel and Sr. Legislative Assistant||United States Senator Slade Gorton||1991 - 1993|
|Associate||Bogle & Gates||1986 - 1989|
|Foreign Legal Intern||Baker & McKenzie||1985 - 1985|
|Foreign Advisor||Beijing Foreign Economic Law Firm||1984 - 1985|
|Foreign Lecturer in Law||Peking University (Beijing PRC)||1983 - 1985|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA.org)||Board of Directors||2013 - 2015|
|American National Standards Institute (ANSI), IPR Policy Committee||Alternate Corporate Representative (Microsoft)||2006 - 2008|
|Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), Standardization Policy Committee||Alternate Corporate Representative (Microsoft)||2006 - 2008|
|American Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS.org)||Board of Directors||2004 - Present|
|National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA.org)||Member (Solo/Small Firm Committee Co-Chair, 2012-2014)||2001 - Present|
|United States Supreme Court Bar||Member||1991 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1985 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1984 - Present|
|Columbia University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|University of Minnesota||Economics||BS - Bachelor of Science||1980|
|Peking University Law School||N/A||Non-Degree Exchange Program with Columbia Law School (1983-1985)||N/A|
|Asian American Business Roundtable - Taking Risks and Changing the Game||Determining Readiness for the C-Suite and the Board of Directors: An Intentional Approach to Self-Grooming for Corporate Board Selection||2016|
|UW School of Law - CASRIP High Technology Protection Summit||Standards Setting Organizations, IPR Policies, Standards Essential Patents and Hold-Up||2013|
|NAPABA - Annual National Conference||Marijuana Business Law: Politics, Policy & Practice (Greenfield Opportunities: Legal & Ethical Issues in Advising Cannabis-related Businesses) - Moderator||2013|
|UW Foster School of Business - Technology and Innovation Management Program for ITRI Taiwan (Guest Lecture)||Patent Importance and Value in a Changing Technology Industry||2012|
|UW Foster School of Business - Multi-Discipline Management of Technology Program (Guest Lecture)||Legal Strategy for Technology Transfer and Licensing||2012|
|Cornerstone Intellectual Property Foundation (Taiwan) - International Conference on Commercializing Medical Device Technology||Legal Strategy for Technology Agreements||2012|
|UW Foster School of Business - Multi-Discipline Management of Technology Program (Guest Lecture)||Software Licensing and Web Services Agreements; Technology Convergence, Interoperability Standards and Patent Strategy||2011|
|UW School of Law - Advanced Intellectual Property Law Class (Guest Lecture)||Interoperatbility, IT Standards and IP Licensing||2010|
|UW Foster School of Business - Multi-Discipline Management of Technology Program (Guest Lecturer)||Technology Convergence, Interoperability Standards and IP Strategy||2010|
|Pepperdine University - Presidential and Key Executive Business Program (Guest Lecture)||Looming Standards Storms: Are You Ready?||2010|
|Washington State Bar Association - Licensing Essentials||Standards, Intellectual Property and Patent Ambush||2008|
|NAPABA - Annual National Conference||Patents as Corporate Assets: Which Way is the Wind Blowing?||2008|
|AIPLA - National Mid-Winter Meeting||Standardization Issues in the PRC: Fostering Indigenous Innovation||2008|
|Minority Corporate Counsel Association - CLE Expo||Developing Talented Lawyers: Who is Focused on Your Long Term Interests?||2007|
|USPTO - Protecting Your Intellectual Property in China and the Global Marketplace||Cutting Edge IP Issues in China: Standardization, Interoperability and Innovation||2006|
|PRC Ministry of Information Industry - Intellectual Property and Technology Standards Summit Conference||Innovation, Interoperability and Standardization||2006|
|National Chengchi University (Taiwan) - International Conference on Challenging Issues of Intellectual Property Rights||International Intellectual Property Rights and Standards||2006|
|NAPABA - Annual National Conference||In-House Counsel Career Development||2006|
|American Bar Association - Minority Counsel Program||Career Development for Diversity Attorneys||2006|
|NAPABA - Annual National Conference||How to Bullet-Proof Your Client Relations||2005|