Josh Glucoft is an intellectual property attorney in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. How Josh adds value:

  • Josh was a management consultant before becoming a lawyer, so he has a particularly strong appreciation of the fact that patent strategy is business strategy and must be contextualized within the organization's overarching goals regarding things like budgeting, product development, and branding.
  • Josh is not just a lawyer, he is also a manager, and he embraces both roles. Josh works hard on the blocking and tackling needed to support the highest-quality lawyering in the most efficient manner.
  • Josh lives and breathes patents. Every morning, Josh wakes up and reads at least a trio of major patent newsletters (Law360, PatentlyO, and Docket Navigator) in order to stay on top of the fast-changing body of law. 

Josh has litigated and performed due diligence on patents covering a variety of technologies within the fields of electrical engineering and computer science, including: antivirus software; medical devices such as cardiac defibrillators; entertainment technology such as virtual reality and special effects; networking technology such as routers and switches; microprocessor architecture; and semiconductor fabrication and packaging.

Josh has experience in District Courts across the country, including in all of the major venues for patent litigation. Josh is also a registered patent attorney with extensive post-grant experience before the USPTO, including serving as lead counsel in multiple inter partes review proceedings.


Thought Leadership


Author, "Response To Request for Comments on Patenting Artificial Intelligence Inventions," United States Patent and Trademark Office, March 2020

Quoted, “Cannabis Patent Activity Surges Amid Industry Gold Rush,” Law360, October 2019 

Author, “Stats Show Cannabis Patents Are Underutilized,” Law360, September 2019

Author, “Patenting Cannabis: A Look At The Numbers,” Law360, January 2019

Author, "Calm Down: Market Overreactions to Patent-related Events,” American Bar Association, February 2016

Co-Author, “Patents in an Era of Infinite Monkeys and Artificial Intelligence,” Stanford Technology Law Review, October 2015; Article was recognized with the Distinguished Legal Writing Award at the 2016 Burton Awards

Co-Author, “Two New ‘Startups’ That Could Upend Intellectual Property Laws,” VentureBeat, February 2015


Admissions & Qualifications

  • California
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California


  • Stanford Law SchoolJ.D.
  • Stanford UniversityM.S., Electrical Engineering
  • Northwestern UniversityB.S., Engineering Combined Studies Programcum laude