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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 ( and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (


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 (  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.,


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 ( 


Languages spoken: Mandarin

Practice areas


  1. Corporate: 65%
    7 years
  2. Licensing: 35%
    18 years

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    I have had the pleasure of engaging with Curtis both as part of a team of attorneys I managed but also as a client of Curtis after he started his firm. Curtis has impeccable legal skills and judgment. His attention to detail, and his extensive experience, delivers work that is consistently of the highest quality. I would not hesitate to call on Curtis, not only as a valuable legal resource, but also as a valuable business partner.


    Rondal Moore Intellectual property Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

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    I endorse this lawyer's work. I worked at Microsoft along side Curtis for several years and found Curtis to be an excellent counsel, with vast knowledge aobut intellectual property, standards and international law. He has a unique set of experience and will give candid, pragmatic and executable advice to his clients. I endorse him without reservations.


    Louis Carbonneau Business Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Innova Legal Group, PLLC

P.O. Box 2219
Kirkland, WA, 98083-2219


NYCurrently registered 198403/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Summa cum laudeUniversity of Minnesota1980
Phi Beta KappaPhi Beta Kappa Association1979
Distinguished Attorney peer review rating (current)Martindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct Faculty, IP Law Graduate Program (Licensing, Standards)University Of Washington School Of Law2013 - Present
Founder and PrincipalInnova Legal Group, PLLC2008 - Present
Legal Mentor, Entrepreneurship ClinicSeattle University School of Law2006 - 2008
Senior AttorneyMicrosoft Corporation2003 - 2008
AttorneyMicrosoft Corporation1993 - 2003
PrincipalLaw Office of Curtis Hom1991 - 1993
Legal Counsel and Sr. Legislative AssistantUnited States Senator Slade Gorton1991 - 1993
AssociateBogle & Gates1986 - 1989
Foreign Legal InternBaker & McKenzie1985 - 1985
Foreign AdvisorBeijing Foreign Economic Law Firm1984 - 1985
Foreign Lecturer in LawPeking University (Beijing PRC)1983 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies ( of Directors2004 - Present
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association ( (Solo/Small Firm Committee Co-Chair, 2012-2014)2001 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarMember1991 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association ( of Directors2013 - 2015
American National Standards Institute (ANSI), IPR Policy CommitteeAlternate Corporate Representative (Microsoft)2006 - 2008
Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), Standardization Policy CommitteeAlternate Corporate Representative (Microsoft)2006 - 2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of MinnesotaEconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1980
Peking University Law SchoolN/ANon-Degree Exchange Program with Columbia Law School (1983-1985)N/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Asian American Business Roundtable - Taking Risks and Changing the GameDetermining Readiness for the C-Suite and the Board of Directors: An Intentional Approach to Self-Grooming for Corporate Board Selection2016
UW School of Law - CASRIP High Technology Protection SummitStandards Setting Organizations, IPR Policies, Standards Essential Patents and Hold-Up2013
NAPABA - Annual National ConferenceMarijuana Business Law: Politics, Policy & Practice (Greenfield Opportunities: Legal & Ethical Issues in Advising Cannabis-related Businesses) - Moderator2013
UW Foster School of Business - Technology and Innovation Management Program for ITRI Taiwan (Guest Lecture)Patent Importance and Value in a Changing Technology Industry2012
UW Foster School of Business - Multi-Discipline Management of Technology Program (Guest Lecture)Legal Strategy for Technology Transfer and Licensing2012
Cornerstone Intellectual Property Foundation (Taiwan) - International Conference on Commercializing Medical Device TechnologyLegal Strategy for Technology Agreements2012
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 Strategy2011
UW School of Law - Advanced Intellectual Property Law Class (Guest Lecture)Interoperatbility, IT Standards and IP Licensing2010
UW Foster School of Business - Multi-Discipline Management of Technology Program (Guest Lecturer)Technology Convergence, Interoperability Standards and IP Strategy2010
Pepperdine University - Presidential and Key Executive Business Program (Guest Lecture)Looming Standards Storms: Are You Ready?2010
Washington State Bar Association - Licensing EssentialsStandards, Intellectual Property and Patent Ambush2008
NAPABA - Annual National ConferencePatents as Corporate Assets: Which Way is the Wind Blowing?2008
AIPLA - National Mid-Winter MeetingStandardization Issues in the PRC: Fostering Indigenous Innovation2008
Minority Corporate Counsel Association - CLE ExpoDeveloping Talented Lawyers: Who is Focused on Your Long Term Interests?2007
USPTO - Protecting Your Intellectual Property in China and the Global MarketplaceCutting Edge IP Issues in China: Standardization, Interoperability and Innovation2006
PRC Ministry of Information Industry - Intellectual Property and Technology Standards Summit ConferenceInnovation, Interoperability and Standardization2006
National Chengchi University (Taiwan) - International Conference on Challenging Issues of Intellectual Property RightsInternational Intellectual Property Rights and Standards2006
NAPABA - Annual National ConferenceIn-House Counsel Career Development2006
American Bar Association - Minority Counsel ProgramCareer Development for Diversity Attorneys2006
NAPABA - Annual National ConferenceHow to Bullet-Proof Your Client Relations2005