Josh Glucoft is a patent litigation partner and trial lawyer in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Companies such as Immortals Gaming Club and International Medical Devices have turned to Josh for help with the hardest cases, including theft of core intellectual property.

Josh lives and breathes patents. Every morning, Josh reads all of the major patent newsletters (e.g., Law360, PatentlyO, Docket Navigator, IAM) in order to stay on top of the fast-changing body of law. Josh also embraces his role as a manager, coordinating the blocking and tackling needed to support the highest-quality lawyering in the most efficient manner.

Josh has experience in District Courts across the country, including in all of the major patent litigation venues, as well as in the ITC. Josh is also registered to practice before the United States Patent And Trademark Office and has extensive experience with post-grant proceedings before the Office, including serving as lead counsel in multiple inter partes review proceedings.

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


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


Recognized as a "Rising Star" in Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers, 2021

Memberships & Affiliations

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Subcommittee on Artificial Intelligence

Association of Business Trial Lawyers


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
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas


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