Our CEO: Robert Fletcher!!!

Summary

Mr. Fletcher is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Intellectual Property Insurance Services Corporation, and has had a direct role in creating new intellectual property (IP) insurance products and finding carrier backing as well. He is also involved in the more focused tasks of underwriting IP risks, valuing intellectual property, analyzing, evaluating, and selecting patent licensing/enforcement opportunities and claims management. In addition to his other duties, Mr. Fletcher oversees the underwriting staff and actively participates in underwriting of special risk cases and cases needing the benefit of his experienced touch. Under Mr. Fletcher's direction, the Company serves as the Managing General Agent and Program Manager of a major US insurance carrier and syndicates of Lloyd's, and is responsible for underwriting their intellectual property defense, enforcement and loss of value programs.

Mr. Fletcher has been a frequent speaker on the valuation of patents and technology, the taxation of royalty income, intellectual property issues raised by the use and exploitation of the internet, as well as coverage and current trends in the field of intellectual property insurance. He has authored numerous articles on these subjects.

Mr. Fletcher was selected as one of National Law Journal's 2016 Intellectual Property Trailblazers. This distinction recognizes individuals who have made their mark on various aspects of IP, and have a "deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission".

Mr. Fletcher is a registered Patent Attorney and has handled intellectual property-related matters since 1963. He holds Chemical Engineering and Law (J.D.) degrees from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Louisville. He has served in the patent departments of General Electric Company, American Air Filter and Standard Oil of Indiana. Mr. Fletcher is a member of the State Bars of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Kentucky, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent Office.

Education
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Masters Business Administration (MBA) 1977
University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI, Juris Doctorate (J.D.) 1967
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, Law school- 1st year 1964-1965
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, B.S., Chemical Engineering 1963
Related Experience
Intellectual Property Insurance Services Corporation
Intellectual Property Control Corporation
    (and predecessor investment banking companies), Louisville, KY
President June 1976 -- Present

General Electric, Louisville, KY
Division Patent Counsel, Dishwasher & Disposal Division December 1973 -- June 1976

American Air Filter Company, Louisville, KY
Patent Attorney, Legal & Patent Department July 1971 -- December 1973

Standard Oil Company (Indiana), Chicago, IL
Patent Attorney September 1967 -- July 1971

Ray-O-Vac, Division of E.S.B, Inc., Madison, WI
Project Engineer June 1961 September 1967
Professional
Admitted to the State Bar of Wisconsin 1967
Admitted to the State Bar of Illinois 1968
Admitted to the State Bar of Kentucky 1972
Admitted to the Federal District Court, Northern District of Illinois 1968
Admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent Office and CCPA (now CAFC) 1970
Activities
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Corporate Practice Committee
Member Wisconsin State Bar Association
Member Illinois State Bar Association
Member Kentucky State Bar Association
Member American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Member Professional Liability Underwriters Association (PLUS)
Member American Corporate Counsel Association (ACC)
Member Target Markets Program Administrator's Association (TMPAA)
Member of Floyd County Conservation Club
Patents
Inventor, US Patent No. 3,418,172, "Method of Manufacturing a Small, Button-Type Alkaline Cell Having a Loose, Powered Zinc Anode"
Inventor, US Patent No. 3,427,203, "Large Surface Area Electrodes and a Method for Preparing Them"
Inventor, US Patent No. 3,721,367, "Stackable Containers"
Inventor, US Patent No. 7,536,331, "Method for Determining the Risk Associated with Licensing or Enforcing Intellectual Property"
Co-Inventor, US Patent No. 8,423,489, "Method for Creating Association Index for the Analysis of Documents Classified in a Hierarchical Structure Using Frequency Distribution, a Taxonomic Structure, Normalizing and Weighting"
Publications (by or about Bob)
InsuranceNewsNet, IPISC to provide patent troll insurance to members of Assoc. of National Advertisers, Sep. 2015
Automotive Industry, Protecting Intellectual Property in a Global Marketplace, Mar 2014
Inside Counsel, Octane verdict at Supreme Court a 'victory for the entire industry', May 2014
FindLaw, IPISC offers small companies insurance for intellectual property risks, Mar.2014
IP Litigator, Managing Risk with Intellectual Property Insurance, 2014
Louisville Business First, Should We Still Fear Patent Trolls?, Dec. 2013
PR Newswire, IPISC announces IP insurance for the Biotechnology/Phrarma industry, Nov. 2013
IP Risk and Insurance Magazine, What Can be Covered?, 2013
Rough Notes, Special Program Administrator Section: Target Markets, 2013
University Risk Mgmt. & Insurance Association (URMIA), Protecting Innovation with Innovative Insurance: Intellectual Property Insurance, 2013
Louisville Business First, Patent protection: Louisville firm offers unique insurance for intellectual property, Jul. 2013
Air Cargo World, Forwarders Find Patent Pit Perilous, Sep. 2013
Insurance Journal, Special Report: Intellectual Property - CEOs, Insurers Finally Ready to Embrace Intellectual Property Insurancei, Sep. 2013
Target Markets, IPISC launches Abatement insurance program for intellectual property risks, Sep. 2012
The Risk Report (IRMI), Intellectual Property Insurance for Firms' Valuable Assets, 2012
Insurance Journal, Proactive Risk Management of Intellectual Property: Crucial to the Insurance Professional's E&O, 2012
Patent Baristas, Talking intellectual property with Robert Fletcher, Nov. 2011
Claims Journal, Intellectual property litigation costs and claims are everywhere, Nov. 2011
Accounting Today, Intellectual Property Insurance, What CPAs Need to Know, Aug. 2011
Canadian Underwriter, Taking Care of Business, Nov. 2011
Inventor's Digest, Got IP? Then You Might Want to Insure It, 2011
IP Law 360, IP Insurance. What In-House Counsel Needs to Know, 2011
MyNewMarkets.com/Insurance Journal, Intellectual property insurance: coverage that fits the risk, May 2011
Bar Briefs - Louisville Bar Association, Intellectual Property Insurance: Coverage that Fits the Risk, Bar Briefs, 2011
Law360, Expert Analysis - IP Insurance: what in-house counsel needs to know, Jul. 2011
TwinCitiesBusiness, Patent Coverage: the specialized world of intellectual property insurance, Jul. 2011
National Law Review, Tenth Circuit Continues the Ambiguity of "Advertising Injury", 2011
Natural Products Insider, Nutrition Industry Protecting Intellectual Property, 2011
IPWatchdog, Tenth Circuit Finds Patent Infringement Insurance Coverage under "Advertising Injury" Clause, October 2011
Western Growers Insurance Services, Insuring Your Company Secrets: Intellectual Property Insurance, 2011
John Liner Review, Development of IP Insurance, 2006
American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Intellectual Property Insurance and Beyond, The Role of Intellectual Property and Insurance in an Economic Downturn
  • Insurance in a Knowledge-Based World Economy
  • Guidelines for the Valuation of a Patent (or other Intellectual Property), using the Orderly Liquidation Method
  • Insurance as a Management Tool for Intellectual Property
  • Patent Enforcement Litigation Insurance
Presentations
New York Intellectual Property Law Association, Don't Go It Alone, Insurance for Intellectual Property Claims, New York, NY, 2017
New York Bar Association Nassau County, Hot Topics in Trademark Law, New York, NY, 2017
RIMS, How to manage intellectual property infringement litigation risk, 2016
The Risk Management Society (RIMS)/REBEX, IP Audits: When was the Last Time You Assessed Your IP Portfolio?, Chicago, IL, 2013
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Corporate Practice Committee, Litigation Benchmarks and Claim Litigation Costs, 2013
Spirits Summit, IP Insurance, Las Vegas, NV 2013
Professional Liability Underwriters Society (PLUS) Conference, How to Overcome Your Intellectual Property "Fear Factor", San Diego, CA, 2011
Patent Insurance Institute (Pi2), Intellectual Property Insurance, Louisville, KY, 2010
Pricing Intangibles, Insuring Intellectual Property, 2009
KEH Summit, IP Insurance: How Much is Not Enough?, NJ, 2009
The Pan-European Intellectual Property Summit, Valuation of Intellectual Property for Orderly Liquidation: By the Residual Value of Discounted Income Method, Brussels, 2008
RIMS, Insuring Ideas, 2008
University of Connecticut Law School, IP Insurance, 2008
Geneva Association, IP Insurance Update, 2008
University of Missouri, IP Insurance, Columbia, MO 2007
NIDUS, Insuring IP Exposure, ST. Louis, MO, 2007
RIMS, Intellectual Property as Business Assets, Honolulu, HI, 2006
National Manufacturing Week (NAM), Intellectual Property as Business Assets, Chicago, IL, 2006
DRI, New Markets and Policies Insuring IP Exposures, FL, 2006
PLUS, New Markets and Policies Insuring IP Exposures, 2006
Brown Raysman Technolaw Center, IP Insurance: Protecting Your Assets, New York, NY, 2002
Are You In The Lead, Or With The Pack? New Strategies in Using IP as Financial Tools Insurance as a Management Tool for Intellectual Property
Current and Future Trends in Technology Insurance Coverage Litigation
Patent Enforcement Litigation Expense Insurance
What Are Intellectual Property Claims and How Do They Arise?
Presentations prior to 2000
Insight Information Co., Chicago
Insight Information Co., Toronto
Insight Information Co., New York
Minnesota Institute of Legal Education
Wisconsin Biotechnology Association
PLUS Convention
Patent Law Association
Illinois IP State Bar Association
John Marshall Law School
ACCA Annual Meeting
Mealey's Symposium on IP Protection and Insurance Coverage
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
ABD Insurance Brokers
American Bar Association
Cincinnati Bar Association
Rochester Patent Law Association
Insurance School of Chicago
ACCA Annual Meeting
University of Connecticut Law School
R.J. Bolton Insurance Seminar