Intellectual Property


John McGaraghan is a partner in the technology transactions practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Palo Alto office. John's practice focuses on intellectual property counseling and licensing, and the drafting and negotiation of strategic commercial contracts. He also has deep experience in assisting companies with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and financing transactions. John is also a subject-matter specialist in the area of open source software licensing, advising a variety of companies, including open source software vendors, on issues associated with open source software that arise in day-to-day operations as well as in acquisitions and other corporate level transactions. He is certified as a Black Duck Legal Professional.

John represents public and private companies through all stages of growth in the hardware, semiconductor, software, Internet, media, social networking, and advertising industries.

Before attending law school, John worked as a software developer and as a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, producer, and performer.

  • Alfresco
  • Audience
  • Cadence
  • Creative Commons
  • Google/Google Ventures
  • MongoDB
  • Open Street Map Foundation
  • Polycom
  • Rambus
  • Rocket Fuel
  • Seagate
  • Wayin
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Audience in its purchase of Sensor Platforms
  • Audience in its sale to Knowles
  • Cortina in its spin-out of Cortina Access and sale to Inphi
  • Cortina Access in its sale to Realtek
  • CSR in its sale to Qualcomm
  • Flipboard in its purchase of Zite from CNN
  • Good Technology in its sale to BlackBerry
  • Dreamworks in its sale of its Ptch business to Yahoo!
  • Gluster in its sale to Red Hat
  • KLA-Tencor in its sale to Lam Research
  • Qwiki in its sale to Yahoo!
  • Rambus in its purchase of Snowbush IP's SerDes technology assets from Semtech
  • Rambus in its purchase of memory interconnect business line from Inphi
  • Seagate in its purchase of Samsung's hard drive business
  • Socialcam in its sale to Autodesk
  • Tapulous in its sale to Disney
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
    Magna Cum Laude; Thurston Society; Order of the Coif; Executive Articles Editor, Hastings Communication and Entertainment Law Journal
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of California, San Diego
  • Member, Intellectual Property Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Society of Composers and Producers
  • Speaker, "What Funders Need to Know About Intellectual Property Provisions in PRIs, Contracts, and Grants," Georgetown Law's 34th Annual Representing and Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations Conference, Washington D.C., April 28, 2017
  • Speaker, "IP in M&A Transaction," IP Symposium, Stanford Law School LLM Program, Palo Alto, January 29, 2015
  • Co-presenter with Michael Wolk, "Getting Your Software License Right," Mozilla WebFWD Webinar, July 18, 2012
  • Co-presenter with Suzanne Bell, "Database Scraping: Liability in the Access and Use of Third-Party Content," West Publishing Live Webinar, January 13, 2011
  • Guest Lecturer, University of California Hastings Intellectual Property Licensing Seminar, 2009-Present
  • State Bar of California

Contact Information

650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone | 650-849-3149

Email | John

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