About Sean Hogle

Sean HogleSean's law practice is focused on technology ventures, such as software, wireless telecommunications, and internet-related companies, as well as firms in the visual effects, concept art and emerging media space. Sean's more than twenty years of diverse legal experience makes him well-suited to act as a virtual general counsel to his venture clients, guiding such enterprises through the complex legal and regulatory environment of the United States and abroad, and in all stages of growth, from founding to IPO.

Having closed countless complex technology transactions with numerous Fortune 100 companies worldwide, Sean has become the consummate deal lawyer, bringing to the table an ability to negotiate business-critical deals with efficiency and skill. During extensive international assignments in Tokyo and Munich, Sean earned invaluable experience in overseas entity formation, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and international licensing. Because of his experience in managing US and European operations for a global software company, Sean is uniquely qualified to understand the practical challenges of running a business.

Sean began his legal career with a large law firm in Denver, Colorado, where he represented numerous high technology enterprises in mergers and acquisitions, business planning, technology licensing, and intellectual property management, counseling and enforcement. Sean additionally enjoyed an extensive state and federal litigation and arbitration practice.    

From there, Sean moved in-house with Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he ultimately became Assistant General Counsel. In this role, Sean was responsible for software and technology licensing and alliances for Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, as an expatriate in Tokyo.

In 2001, Sean joined the wireless and consumer software venture Aplix Corporation, also based in Tokyo, as General Counsel and Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs. Sean facilitated the company's international growth and eventual IPO on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2003. In addition to his General Counsel role, Sean managed, as President and Chief Operating Officer, the company's United States and European subsidiaries in San Francisco and Munich, from 2004 to 2006.

From 2006 to the present, Sean has operated his own law practice, dedicated to serving technology, internet and media companies worldwide. In 2016, Sean became partner with the international law firm of Rooney Nimmo PC, with offices in New York City, London, Edinburgh, and now, San Francisco (which Sean heads up).

Sean specializes in open source and technology licensing and counseling, and is a frequent lecturer and writer on the topic. His clients span the globe, from San Francisco to London to Tokyo.

Finally, Sean is the founder and CEO of Redline: a dynamic collaboration environment for an elite cadre of lawyers worldwide.

Technology & Intellectual Property
Open Source
Commercial & Corporate

Actian Corporation (Redwood City, CA)
Anyfi Networks AB (Malmö, Sweden)
Aplix Corporation (Tokyo, Japan)
Aptus Telecom (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
AutoUncle ApS (Aarhus, Denmark)
Bambuser AB (Stockholm, Sweden)
Brisk B.V. (vigour.io) (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Clarion Technologies (Pune, India)
Data Soft Logic, Inc. (Covina, CA)
Ecrio Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Energy Foundation (San Francisco, CA)
Forward Thought, Inc. (Sausalito, CA)
Framehawk, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
GAIA Holdings Corporation (Tokyo, Japan)
iaSolution, Inc. (Taipei, Taiwan)
IronRidge, Inc. (Willits, CA)
KONA I Co., Ltd. (Seoul, S. Korea)
Mapillary AB (Malmö, Sweden)
MoBeam Inc. (San Franscisco, CA)
Mionix AB (Växjö, Sweden)
MontaVista Software, Inc. (Mountain View, CA)
Nordic River Software AB (Umeå, Sweden)
OMTP Ltd. (London, England)
Quiznos Corporation (Denver, CO)
Reelio, Inc. (New York City)
Scalado AB (Lund, Sweden)
Scoreloop AG (Munich, Germany)
SmartOffice Technologies Limited/Picsel (Glasgow, Scotland)
Tactel US Inc. (San Diego, CA)
TAT The Astonishing Tribe AB (Malmö, Sweden)

UBIC, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan)
Ubitus Inc. (Taipei, Taiwan)
ustwo Studio Ltd. (London, England)
Whiskytree Inc (San Rafael, CA)

“Sean was TAT's principal legal counsel for all commercial matters (including e.g. negotiating and closing deals, managing risks, protecting IP etc) for the last four years before RIM's acquisition of TAT (in which he also contributed). I am happy to say I am extremely pleased with Sean's services and I warmly recommend him as lead legal counsel for any SW technology company building up an international business like we did. Sean's combination of thorough expertise and responsiveness, cultural understanding and efficiency has been truly invaluable to us.” Charlotta Falvin, CEO, TAT The Astonishing Tribe AB (Malmö, Sweden).

"I had the really great fortune working with Sean during the different phases of the evolution of TAT, and both on a professional as well as personal level Sean is indeed a fantastic person to have around. He is by far the most skilled legal counsel I have ever worked with, with deep knowledge and understanding of the software licensing business in general and open source licensing in particular. He is incredibly fast and accurate in every legal matter he takes on, and has made invaluable contributions in the countless contract negotiations we have been through. I can truly recommend Sean as a great legal representative, and if you are e.g. an ISV in need for expert legal counsel in a growing business on a global market - look no further." Fredrik Ademar, CTO, TAT The Astonishing Tribe AB (Malmö, Sweden).

Identified in a survey of private Asian law firms as one of "the best and brightest minds in the region" in A Cut Above the Rest: Asia's In-House High Flyers, ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS (June 2006).

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J.D., College of William and Mary School of Law, Order of the Coif, 1993 (ranked 2/179)
B.B.A. (Finance), James Madison University, 
magna cum laude, 1990
Computer Science & Engineering (part-time program), University of Colorado, 1997-1999
Staff Editor, William and Mary Law Review
Judicial Clerkship, US District Court of New Mexico

Admitted in California, Colorado, and Virginia
International Technology Law Association


Software Copyright and Innovation after Oracle v. Google, Dec. 2015 NEW MATTER (Quarterly Journal of the Intellectual Property Section of the California State Bar)

Presenter, Intellectual Property Transactions Seminar, UC Berkeley Law International and Executive Legal Education, Anatomy of a Technology License (January 2015)

Presenter, MINC Startup Incubator, Malmô, Sweden: Open Source: An Overview (June 2014)

Open Source Licensing and the Viability of the Free Software Movement, 3 LANDSLIDE 6 (July/August 2011) (lead article for the July/August 2011 issue of the official publication of the Intellectual Property Section of the American Bar Association)

Presenter, Open Source in Mobile Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands: The Debate Over Boundaries: An Analysis of GPLv2 and Derivative Works (September 2009)

Presenter and Panelist, Open Source in Mobile Conference, Berlin, Germany: Establishing Open Source Projects and How to Choose the Right License (September 2008)

Conditions vs. Covenants: California Rulings Threaten the Practical Enforceability of Open Source Licenses, 25 COMPUTER & INTERNET LAW. 1 (September 2008)

Presenter, Open Source in Mobile Conference, San Francisco: World Beyond GPL (March 2008)

Presenter and Panelist, Open Source in Mobile Conference, Madrid, Spain: GPL Version 3: What the License Means to You and Minimizing Legal Risks of Open Source Licensing (September 2007)

Presentation to Marin County Bar, Resolving Domain Name Disputes (May 2007)

Unauthorized Derivative Source Code, 18 COMPUTER & INTERNET LAW. 1 (May 2001) cited in Amgen, Inc. v. Hoechst Marion Roussel, Inc., 339 F. Supp. 2d 202 (D. Mass. 2004) (US District Court decision discussing the reverse doctrine of equivalents under patent law)

The Employee as Investor: The Case for Universal Application of the Federal Securities Laws to Employee Stock Ownership Plans, 34 WM. & MARY L. REV. 189 (1992)

TV Panelist, From Gutenberg to Gates: Publishing in the Electronic Age, Regis University Media Day, CSPAN2 (Fall 1997)

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