John Brockland

John Brockland

Partner, San Francisco

Email john.brockland@​

Phone +1 415 374 2308

Fax +1 415 374 2499

Practice groupIntellectual Property

John Brockland is recognized as a leading technology and intellectual property (IP) transactions lawyer. He has handled prominent matters across the full technology spectrum, representing companies ranging from startups to large multinationals in many industries.

John focuses on strategic and commercial transactions involving the development, transfer, and licensing of technology and IP assets, as well as the provision of technology-related services.

John has years of experience drafting, negotiating, and counseling on joint-development, licensing, distribution, and reseller agreements in the fields of hardware, software, semiconductors, electronic commerce, and internet services. He is also highly experienced in advising clients on issues related to open-source licensing models and regularly counsels on information technology and business process outsourcing arrangements.

John also oversees and advises on significant IP and commercial due diligence investigations in the context of M&A transactions, and often handles IP and technology agreements in carve-outs, spin-offs, and other strategic transactions.

Leading legal guides recognize John's standing in the IP and technology fields. Chambers USA and Chambers Global rank him as a leading lawyer for IT & Outsourcing; IAM Patent 1000 recommends him for licensing in California; The Legal 500 US honors him in the field of Technology Transactions; and Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars has named him an "IP Star."

Known for his wide-ranging knowledge and experience, John is a frequent speaker on technology, intellectual property, and commercial law topics.

Awards and recognitions


Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Outsourcing
Legal 500 US


IT & Outsourcing: Transactions (California)
Chambers USA


Outsourcing (USA)
Chambers Global

"Recommended" Lawyer for Technology: Transactions in the U.S.
Legal 500 US


"Recommended" Lawyer for Transactions in California
IAM Patent 1000

Education and admissions


J.D., The University of Chicago Law School, with honors, 1996

B.A., Trinity University, magna cum laude, 1992

Bar admissions and qualifications


Representative experience

Adobe in all IP aspects of its US$1.68bn acquisition of Magento Commerce; all IP aspects of its acquisition of certain assets comprising the Digital Analytix business of comScore, Inc.*; Mixamo, Inc.*; and Livefyre, Inc.*

Dignity Health, the fifth largest healthcare provider in the U.S., in numerous large technology, outsourcing, and IP-related transactions.*

eBay in transition services aspects of its US$925m sale of eBay Enterprise and all IP aspects of acquisitions of Cargigi, Inc., Vivanuncios, and AppTek Partners.*

Lenovo Group Ltd. in all IP and technology aspects of its acquisition of the Motorola Mobility business from Google.*

RF Micro Devices in all IP and technology aspects of its US$1.6bn merger with radio frequency chip maker TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc.*

Samsung Electronics in all IP aspects of its acquisition of Physical Graph Corporation, the developer of SmartThings.*

Synopsys in the IP aspects of its acquisitions of Atrenta, Codenomicon, and WinterLogic.*

Telstra Corporation in the IP aspects of its investments in BigCommerce Pty. Ltd. and Elastica, and its acquisition of Ooyala.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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