John Brockland

John Brockland

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


Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


IT & Outsourcing: Transactions (California)
Chambers USA


Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Outsourcing
Legal 500 US


Media, Technology and Telecoms: Technology Transactions
Legal 500 US


Trade Mark Star: California
Managing IP


Transactions Star: California
Managing IP


Healthcare: Life Sciences
Legal 500 US


Recommended Lawyer for Transactions in California
IAM Patent 1000


Outsourcing (USA)
Chambers Global

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


Related knowledge

Internet of Things

Representative experience

Adobe in all IP aspects of its US$1.68bn acquisition of Magento Commerce.

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

eBay in IP aspects of its acquisition of Giosis Pte Ltd's Japan Retailer, including Qoo10.

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

Marvell Technology Group in all IP aspects of its US$6bn acquisition of Cavium Inc.

Salesforce in IP aspects of its acquisition of Datorama.

Synopsys in the IP aspects of its acquisition of Black Duck Software.

Dialog Semiconductor in IP aspects of its US$276m acquisition of Silego Technology.

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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