Technology Transactions


John McGaraghan is an associate in the technology transactions group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Palo Alto office. His practice focuses on intellectual property counseling and licensing, and the drafting and negotiation of strategic commercial contracts. He also has expertise in assisting companies with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and financing transactions.

John represents public and private companies through all stages of growth, with an emphasis on start-ups and emerging technologies in the hardware, software, Internet, media, social networking, and advertising industries.

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

  • Arista Networks
  • Creative Commons
  • Dapper (sold to Yahoo!)
  • DNA Games (sold to Zynga)
  • Google
  • Gluster (sold to Red Hat)
  • Netflix
  • newScale (sold to Cisco)
  • Open Street Map Foundation
  • Polycom
  • Qwiki (sold to Yahoo!)
  • Rocket Fuel
  • Scribd
  • Seagate
  • Socialcam (Sold to Autodesk)
  • Tapulous (sold to Disney)
  • Wikimedia Foundation
  • 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
  • Co-author with S. Bell, E. Durrette, D. Bish, and R. Strickland, "Federal District Court Refuses to Compel Arbitration, Holding That's 'Browsewrap' Agreement Was Not a Valid Contract," WSGR Client Alert, November 7, 2012
  • Co-author with M. Wolk and L. Hantover, "Dismissal of Amazon Privacy Suit - CFAA Implications," Law360, July 19, 2012
  • "Ohio District Court Allows Database 'Scraping' Case to Proceed on a Variety of Legal Theories," Cyberspace Lawyer, 2010
  • "A Modern Analytical Framework for Monopolization in Innovative Markets for Products with Network Effects," 30 Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal 179, 2007
  • 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
Fax | 650-493-6811

Email | John

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