Theodore C. Theofrastous,
Managing Director of Fusion
Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

Ted 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 corporate legal practice and ThetaSquared, a strategic technology commercialization firm, Ted served as managing director and fund counsel for a small family venture fund, where he created and managed a portfolio of new and existing technology startup investments. Before the fund, 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 also serves as Managing Attorney for the Case Western Reserve School of Law's IP Venture Clinic and teaches courses in Technology Commercialization & Venture Law at the School of Law.  He also serves as Chief Commercialization Officer and General Counsel for the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center.  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 (approved by the CWRU Faculty Senate in 2010)..

Fusion Faculty


Craig Nard


Craig Nard
Tom J.E. and Bette Lou Walker Professor of Law.
Director, Center for Law Technology and the Arts at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.



Joseph Jankowski
Chief Innovation Officer, Case Western Reserve University Director, Neuros Medical; Trustee, BioEnterprise , Member - Veterans Affairs Advanced Platform Technology Executive Steering Committee; Director, BioInvision (Clinical Translational Science Awards Key Function Committee, Public Private Partnerships sub-committee ).




Ted Theofrastous
Distinguished Practioner in Residence, CWRU
Manging Attorney – IP Venture Clinic.
Founder - ThetaSquared LLC.