Date: Thursday, March 18, 12 pm Pacific.

Topic: Spousal Ownership of Inventions and Patents in U.S. Community Property Jurisdictions

Overview: A discussion of the interaction of 35 USC Sections 261 & 262 with state community property law on the ownership, exploitation, and assignment of invention rights, patent applications, and patents

Speaker: John Land of Jaquez Land Greenhaus LLP (bio below)

Speaker Bio:

John Land has over 40 years of experience in intellectual property law and is expert in providing counseling and services designed to obtain, protect, and monetize intellectual property rights. He is also expert in pre-litigation opinions, and in-licensing of software, technology, and intellectual property. Mr. Land has represented technology-based entities from startups to Fortune 100 corporations. While each level of enterprise has its own challenges, he particularly enjoys working with young companies in a wide variety of technology fields.

Practice Specialties

  • Licensing, settlements, and other intellectual property transactional matters
  • Infringement, validity, patentability, and right-to-use opinions
  • Patent preparation, prosecution, and counseling in the fields of:
    • Telecommunications – including long-range and short-range wireless communications systems, xDSL, switching, large network systems, and set-top boxes
    • Electronics – including analog and digital devices and circuitry, integrated circuit design and fabrication, microprocessor design, modems, network systems, computer peripheral control circuits, and supercomputer architectures
    • Software – including software control programs, business applications, operating system features, object-oriented programming, signal processing, telecommunications and modem protocols, and data compression
    • Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical – including disk drives, LCD panels, and lighting systems, printer mechanisms, and pressure sensors
    • Bio-Medical Devices – including medical devices and instruments, implants, joint replacements, and surgical tools
    • Programming – programmed in Fortran and SPSS at Caltech for 2 years as a research assistant, 12+ years overall experience in programming


Mr. Land brings 40+ years of broad experience to the Firm regarding patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark, and unfair competition matters, and in technology and intellectual property licensing. Trained early on in intellectual property litigation, Mr. Land has taken or defended hundreds of depositions in a wide variety of intellectual property litigation and ITC actions. Mr. Land now focuses on perfecting rights in intellectual property and protecting and monetizing those rights. In the course of his practice, Mr. Land has personally prepared over 250 U.S. patent applications and written over 200 patentability opinions and over 100 opinions on the issues of patent validity and/or infringement. In addition, Mr. Land has negotiated and prepared hundreds of licenses for software, electronics, and biotechnology clients, and has often lectured on intellectual property topics.

Full bio here >