Jon Christiansen

Jon Christiansen
Jon C. Christiansen

TechLaw Ventures, PLLC
CEO and Attorney
B.S. Engineering, J.D. Law

Jon C. Christiansen has over two decades of experience as an attorney practicing in the area of technology and intellectual property law, with substantial experience in matters relating to the commercialization and protection of products, services, software, data, inventions and technology.

Current and Former Positions. Mr. Christiansen is the CEO and one of the founders of TechLaw Ventures, a venture and technology law firm. Mr. Christiansen came to TechLaw Ventures from the law firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer (the largest law firm in Utah) where he was a shareholder and the former chair of the firm’s Technology and Intellectual Property Law Group. Previously, he was a shareholder in the law firm of Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy where he served as a Vice President and as chair of that firm’s Technology and Intellectual Property Section.

Education. Mr. Christiansen holds degrees in engineering (B.S., U.C.L.A. 1978) and law (J.D., George Washington University 1982), graduating from both institutions with honors.

Recognition by Peers. Mr. Christiansen is included in the current and many prior editions of “The Best Lawyers in America” (a selection based on peer-review surveys and evaluations by other attorneys throughout the country). He also continues to be recognized by Utah Business Magazine and its poll of attorneys as one of Utah’s “Legal Elites.”

Areas of Practice. Mr. Christiansen has over two decades of experience in representing and counseling many of the Intermountain region’s best known companies and organizations in matters relating to:

Complex acquisitions, licenses, and transactions involving a wide variety of technologies, including chemical, healthcare, biotech, computer, Internet, and consumer products;

Sale, distribution, and commercialization of products, services, data, inventions and technology;

Intellectual property and technology issues and due diligence in connection with mergers, acquisitions, investments, and other transactions;

Resolution of licensing, software, information technology, trademark, patent, copyright and other intellectual property disputes including litigation, arbitration, mediation and settlement;

Strategic alliances, business strategies, and technology deals;

Structuring and negotiating intellectual property and technology transactions and the licensing or acquisition of technology, data, and intellectual property;

License, franchise, OEM, VAR, technology exchange, and confidentiality agreements; and

Software, computer, Internet, multimedia, electronic commerce, and other information technology issues.

Industries. Mr. Christiansen has provided legal representation to clients in many industries including:

  • Software, Computer Hardware, and Information Technology
  • Chemical and Biotechnology
  • Healthcare and Medical Devices
  • Mechanical and Tool Technologies
  • Venture Capital, Financial and Banking
  • Retail and Consumer Products

Legal Experience. Mr. Christiansen has represented many clients in their contracts, disputes, settlements, and negotiations with many of the largest companies in the world, including Microsoft, Oracle, 3M, IBM, Siemens, SmithKline Beecham, Hewlett Packard, Compaq, Computer Associates, EDS, Mitsubishi, Philips Electronics, Amoco, Dow, General Electric, Phillips Petroleum, Union Carbide, Shell, Procter & Gamble, Intel, and many other Fortune 500 companies. His negotiation and transaction experience includes very many “multi-million dollar” deals. His international experience includes technology and intellectual property transactions involving projects or companies in Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, India, Iraq, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Mexico, Canada and many Western European countries.

Mediation Experience. Mr. Christiansen has completed mediation training from Lex Mundi and has experience as both a mediator and as counsel for clients in software, information technology, and intellectual property mediations. He is a strong advocate for alternative dispute resolution solutions that avoid the delay, expense and risks of litigation.

Business Experience. In 1992, Mr. Christiansen was one of the founders of EscrowTech, which today is one of the best known software and technology escrow companies in the world with offices in the United States and India. Although not responsible for the day-to-day operations of EscrowTech, Mr. Christiansen is involved in its management.

Admissions and Memberships. Mr. Christiansen is admitted to the Utah Bar and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Christiansen is a member of the iTechLaw Association (formerly the Computer Law Association), Utah Technology Council (formerly the Utah Life Sciences Association and Utah Information Technology Association), Utah Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Science and Technology Section of the American Bar Association. He is a former chair of the Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section of the Utah Bar.

Teaching and Speaking. For many years, Mr. Christiansen taught a course in “Computer and Internet Law” at the B.Y.U. School of Law. He annually teaches a crash course in “Computer System Acquisitions and Software Licensing” to medical informatics and healthcare students at the University of Utah School of Health Sciences. He is a frequent speaker to other attorneys, licensing professionals, business leaders/management, and entrepreneurs on legal topics relating to technology or intellectual property. Recent presentations include (among others) software and other intellectual property licensing (Utah Bar 2007 Winter Conference), intellectual property issues and licensing (Utah Bar 2007 Summer Conference and Fall Forum), and intellectual property warranties and indemnification (Licensing Executive Society).

Legislative Contributions. Mr. Christiansen played a significant role in the enactment of Utah’s two most significant intellectual property statutes: the “Uniform Trade Secrets Acts” and the “Employment Inventions Act.” He provided expert testimony to the relevant legislative committees on both acts and drafted the Employment Inventions Act.

Reference. Morris Linton has worked directly with Mr. Christiansen on many significant technology transactions and matters for Intermountain Healthcare:

Morris Linton, Esq.
Senior Attorney - Legal Department
Tel.: 801-442-3432

Intermountain Healthcare
36 South State Street, 22nd Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Contact Information for Jon Christiansen:

Tel.: 801- 805-3683
Fax: 801-852-8203
jon.christiansen@techlawventures.com