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.
John has deep experience in assisting companies with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and financing matters, and other complex business transactions involving technology and intellectual property that build and protect enterprise value.
John is 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 (both with respect to ingestion and use as well as contribution to and distribution of open source software), as well as in the context of 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 software, SaaS, media and content, big data, AI and automation, advertising, hardware, and semiconductor industries.
Before attending law school, John worked as a software developer and as a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, producer, and performer.
- J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
- B.A., Anthropology, University of California, San Diego
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
- Member, Intellectual Property Section, American Bar Association
- Member, American Society of Composers and Producers
- State Bar of California
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