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John Brockland

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Intellectual Property, Media, and Technology


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.


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

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

United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: life sciences

Within: Healthcare: life sciences

Considered among the ‘go-to’ firms in the industry, Hogan Lovells US LLP’s practice excels in handling regulatory and corporate transactions, as well as IP matters. The practice’s litigation expertise was strengthened following the firm’s merger with Collora. In Baltimore, global chair Asher Rubin led advice to Pfizer as an investor in the SpringWorks Therapeutics venture regarding the development of new healthcare projects. In New York, the well-regarded Adam Golden has been advising Valeant Pharmaceuticals on all aspects of the $820m sale of Dendreon Pharmaceuticals to Sanpower Group. In Washington DC, regulatory experts Philip Katz and James Johnson have been assisting Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturer Hisun Pharmaceuticals with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and compliance issues. Other names to note are David Fox in Washington DC, as well as Janice Hogan and Susan Lee in Philadelphia. The practice was significantly strengthened by the arrival of former Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP M&A lawyers Keith Flaum, Richard Climan and Jane Ross in Silicon Valley, as well as technology expert John Brockland in San Francisco. Jason Hadges, David Horowitz, Edith Ramirez and Patricia Shrader joined the Washington DC office from the DEA, HHS, FTC and Medtronic, respectively. Jennifer Henderson and Christopher Schott were promoted to partner in Washington DC, while Michael Szlamkowicz was promoted to partner in New York. Washington DC-based Kristin Duggan is now of counsel. Anishiya Abrol is also a name to note in Washington DC.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms


Within: Outsourcing

Hogan Lovells US LLP provides ‘timely, knowledgeable advice tailored to clients’ needs and has the excellent ability to draw on broad experience’. One client describes it as ‘a one-stop shop with experienced lawyers backed up by a fantastic regulatory group’. The firm handles the full spectrum of outsourcing transactions, including IT, BPO and manufacturing services, and climbs the ranking on the strength of key partners in Northern Virginia Zenas Choi, who ‘has deep industry insight’, and the ‘thoughtful and meticulous’ Michael Larner, and Denver-based David London, as well as Audrey Reed in Washington DC. The hire of John Brockland in San Francisco from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP adds significant expertise to the firm’s West Coast offering. Reed and Choi advised Estée Lauder on an ITO deal to transform its data center, networking and IT support functions.

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Technology: transactions

Within: Technology: transactions

Hogan Lovells US LLP hired a highly regarded team of technology transaction experts from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, including Richard Climan, Keith Flaum, Jane Ross and Christopher Moore in Silicon Valley and John Brockland in San Francisco. The team is experienced in deals involving software, semiconductors, mobile communications, internet and e-commerce. Highlights included advising Marvell Technology Group on the IP, technology and corporate aspects of its $6bn acquisition of chipmaker Cavium. Other key advisers are Washington DC-based communications practice head Michele Farquhar; global M&A head William Curtin III, who works from the New York and Washington DC offices; Randy Segal, who is based in the Northern Virginia, Silicon Valley and Washington DC offices; and the firm’s US commercial practice head Audrey Reed, who divides her time between Washington DC and New York. Other recommended practitioners include Mark Brennan, Ari Fitzgerald, Trey Hanbury and Steven Kaufman in Washington DC; Silicon Valley-based Nathaniel Gallon; and Denver-based David London.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s team is spread across a number of its US offices. In Northern Virginia, Steven Kaufman jointly heads the space and satellite practice, and has notable expertise in M&A, contracts and financings. Co-head Randy Segal has extensive experience in satellite, drone and wireless transactions. Of counsel Jeffrey Epstein joined this team in 2017, having previously worked as general counsel for TerreStar Networks. In Washington DC, Michele Farquhar is head of communications and is experienced in obtaining regulatory approvals for transactions, as well as spectrum auctions and licensing matters. Other key team members include Trey Hanbury, a regulatory specialists with particular strengths in spectrum, satellite and wireless issues; Alexander Maltas, who is known for regulatory issues and licensing agreements; spectrum policy specialist Ari Fitzgerald; and privacy expert Mark Brennan. Hanbury recently conducted due diligence for HC2 on its portfolio of broadcast television licenses. In Denver, broadcast specialist Niki Tuttle recently advised CBS on its agreements with Hulu surrounding its new live television streaming services. Transactions specialists Mark Kurtenbach and David Toy are also key names from the Denver office; Kurtenbach recently assisted The Anschutz Corporation, the majority shareholder in Regal Entertainment Group, with Cineworld’s $3.6bn purchase of Regal, while Toy advised the Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition on its satellite distribution of feature film content directly from studios to theatres. The firm recently bolstered its Silicon Valley office with numerous additions to its M&A team, including Richard Climan, Keith Flaum, Jane Ross, John Brockland and Christopher Moore, who all joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Mike Frank from Sidley Austin LLP is also a new arrival.

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