Frank Fletcher is an experienced general counsel with more than 15 years of in-house experience at global technology companies. Frank’s extensive international, business and technical background enables him to provide practical, business-centric advice on a wide range of legal issues, including commercial agreements, software licensing, outsourcing, open source software, privacy and litigation management. Frank works with both established and start-up companies across a range of industries; and his clients at Outside GC include UltraPRO International, Superior Grocers and Sega of America, Inc.
Prior to joining Outside GC in 2016, Frank served as General Counsel for Nero AG, a German multi-media software company, where he handled all aspects of the company’s worldwide legal function, including the management of legal staff, outside counsel, intellectual property, inbound and outbound open source programs, strategic partnerships, software licensing, anti-piracy initiatives, export compliance, on-line privacy, and relationships with licensors of patents for patent-essential industry standards. While managing litigation for Nero, Frank regularly achieved results far superior to those results achieved by similarly situated defendants sued by the same parties.
Before Nero, Frank served as Chief Counsel and legal lead at Sun Microsystems for its CPU manufacturing group, integrated circuit testing and validation group, e-commerce web store, Sun Publishing, and Global Business Services. In his role with the Global Business Services group, Frank overhauled the company-wide outsourcing and vendor selection processes. Frank also authored and presented a training program entitled “Chip Design for Lawyers” to several non-technical groups, and served as a resource to the patent and litigation groups in the areas of chip design and manufacture. Prior to joining Sun, Frank worked in the legal departments of several pioneering semiconductor companies involved in the development of semiconductor products, software, and platforms for digital multimedia devices such as Digital TV’s, DVD players/recorders, Digital Video Recorders, and Digital cameras, and managed a patent portfolio of more than 300 issued and in-process patents.
Before moving in-house, Frank worked for Satori Law Office in Tokyo, Japan. Frank maintains his business and legal relationships in this market by traveling to Japan several times a year to meet with clients and for speaking opportunities.
Frank holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law, where he served as an editor on the Florida Journal of International Law. He also holds an MBA (Finance) from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and a BBA (Marketing) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Frank’s LinkedIn profile is available at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/frankfletcherprofile. Under publications, he has posted links to ten of his articles from the ACC Docket, where he has served on the Editorial Advisory Board since 2012. He is a member of the State Bar in California, New York and New Jersey.
A Massachusetts native, Frank currently lives in the Los Angeles area and enjoys hiking in the nearby Angeles National Forest with his wife and two children, and when the opportunity arises, traveling to far off lands.
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