Theodore C. Theofrastous
Theodore C. Theofrastous has extensive experience in the field of high technology development and commercialization, both as a business architect/manager and as a legal professional. Prior to founding his business law firm and ThetaSquared, a strategic technology commercialization firm, Ted served as managing director and fund counsel for Panzica Investments, where he created and managed a portfolio of new and existing technology startup investments. Before Panzica, Ted managed a diverse IP portfolio and launched startup companies for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation designed to commercialize products based on CCF intellectual property. Ted’s roles related to the tech startups he works with typically include business structuring and operational planning, developing an intellectual property strategy, negotiating financial investment and playing an active role as a manager and/or director.
Before joining CCF, Ted practiced in the Cleveland and London offices of the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P., where his primary practice focused on the nexus of investment capital and technology. At Squire Sanders and CCF, he handled matters ranging from high tech start-up ventures to multi-billion dollar domestic and off-shore private equity fund offerings.
Business & Academic Background
Ted’s business background consists of over twenty years’ working as a technologist, executive and board member to design and implement new and re-engineered products and business systems.
Ted is currently serving as Nortech’s Advanced Energy Fellow. Ted also teaches courses in Intellectual Property Transactions and Technology Commercialization & Venture Law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He has authored a number of peer-reviewed articles on a range of technology and legal topics and is a frequent speaker in the field of technology commercialization, regulation and finance.
Academic Publications and Teaching
International Commercial Arbitration in Europe: Subsidiarity and Supremacy in the Light of the Delocalization Debate, 31 CASE W. RES. J. INT'L L. 455 (1999).
From Nuremberg to Rome: A Step Backward for U.S. Foreign Policy, 31 CASE W. RES. J. INT'L L. 47 (1999) (with Henry T. King).
Security and the Economy: The North American Computer and Communication Infrastructure, 29 CAN.-U.S. L.J. 225 (2003).
Academic Medical Centers and Conflicts of Interest – Poison Fruits of the Federal System?, 31 CAN.-U.S. L.J. 269 (2005).
Adjunct Professor of Law and Business, Case Western Reserve University
Intellectual Property Transactions (2004-2006)
The Conflict of Laws (2002-2006)
Advanced International and Foreign Legal Research (1999-2005)
eConflicts (a module of The Conflict of Laws) (2001).
Engineering Entrepreneurship - The Institute for Management and Engineering (2007, 2008)
The Management and Commercialization of Intellectual Property - The Weatherhead School of Management (2009, 2010)
Certificate Program Development - Creativity and Design / Innovation, Research and Development - Law, Business and Technology Perspectives: Newly developed program courses include The Management and Commercialization of Intellectual, Intellectual Property Transactions, Venture Law Transactions and Innovation & Design of New Ventures. (forthcoming, 2011).
Tom J.E. and Bette Lou Walker Professor of Law - School of Law
Professor and Chair Information Systems Department Weatherhead School of Management
Associate Vice President, Technology Management - Technology Transfer Office
Adjunct Professor, School of Law and Founder - ThetaSquared LLC