John P. Brockland


John P. Brockland
John Brockland is a partner in the Technology and Intellectual Property Transactions practice group in Weil’s Silicon Valley office, where his practice focuses on the intellectual property aspects of strategic and commercial transactions involving the development, transfer and licensing of technology assets, as well as the provision of technology-related services. He has represented companies ranging from start-ups to large multinationals in a variety of industries, such as software, semiconductor, Internet, renewable energy and healthcare.

Mr. Brockland’s practice includes drafting, negotiating and counseling on a broad variety of transactions, including joint development, licensing, distribution, and reseller agreements for hardware, software, semiconductors, and related intellectual property, as well as electronic commerce and Internet services agreements. Mr. Brockland also regularly oversees significant IP and commercial due diligence investigations in the context of acquisitions of technology-focused companies and prepares and negotiates IP and technology agreements in spin-outs and other acquisition transactions. He regularly advises on information technology and business process outsourcing arrangements. He also has many years of experience advising clients on issues related to open-source licensing models. Mr. Brockland is a frequent speaker and trainer on technology, intellectual property, and commercial law topics.

Mr. Brockland has been ranked as a leading lawyer for IT & Outsourcing by Chambers USA and Chambers Global. He has also been ranked by IAM Patent 1000 for licensing and transactions in California. He has been recognized in Legal 500 US in the field of Technology: Transactions and IP Patent licensing and named an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2013.

Key Representations:

  • RF Micro Devices, Inc.
    Merger of Equals with TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc.
    Represented RF Micro Devices, a designer and manufacturer of high-performance radio frequency solutions, in the IP aspects of its $1.6 billion merger of equals, in a tax-free reorganization, with TriQuint Semiconductor, a provider of RF solutions and foundry services for communications, defense and aerospace companies.
  • Synopsys, Inc.
    Acquisition of Coverity, Inc.
    Advised Synopsys, a provider of software, IP and services that help engineers improve design, verification, system and manufacturing processes in chips and electronic systems, in the IP aspects of its $375 million pending acquisition of Coverity, a leading provider of software quality, testing, and security tools.
  • ATMI, Inc.
    Sale to Entegris, Inc.
    Represented ATMI, a publicly traded supplier of high performance materials, materials packaging, and materials delivery systems for use in the manufacture of microelectronics devices, in the IP aspects of its $1.2 billion sale to Entegris, a developer of materials that are used in the processing and manufacturing of microelectronics and other high-technology products.
  • Lenovo Group Ltd.
    Acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google Inc.
    Represented Lenovo Group, a China-based publicly traded personal computer maker (the world's largest) and worldwide provider of IT products and services, in the IP aspects of its approximately $2.9 billion acquisition of the Motorola Mobility smartphone business from Google.
  • eBay Inc.
    Acquisition of Shutl Limited
    Counsel to eBay in the IP aspects of its acquisition of Shutl Limited, a UK-based developer and operator of a SaaS platform that enables immediate delivery of online shopping via local same-day courier companies.
  • eBay Inc.
    Acquisition of B.V.
    Advised eBay, an online marketplace and payment service, in the IP aspects of its acquisition of B.V., the largest free classifieds site in Belgium.
  • Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Acquisition of Neolane SA
    Advised Adobe Systems, a publicly traded diversified software company, in the IP aspects of its $600 million acquisition of Neolane, a France-based provider of conversational marketing software to manage, automate, and optimize marketing programs.
  • Facebook, Inc.
    Acquisition of the Atlas Advertiser Suite from Microsoft Corporation
    Represented Facebook, the global social networking company, in the IP aspects of its acquisition of the Atlas Advertiser, which provides campaign management and measurement tools for marketers and agencies, from Microsoft, a worldwide leader in software and other computing products and services.
  • Riverbed Technology, Inc.
    Acquisition of OPNET Technologies, Inc.
    Represented publicly traded Riverbed Technology, which provides solutions to IT performance problems across wide area networks, in the IP aspects of its $1 billion acquisition of OPNET Technologies, provider of software and applications that analyze network performance, enabling Riverbed to extend its network performance management (NPM) business into the application performance management (APM) market.

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