University of New Hampshire

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John Orcutt - Biography

John Orcutt Professor of Law
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BA, University of California, Berkeley
JD, Boalt Hall School of Law, U.C. Berkeley


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Business Associations I

Graduate Programs Contracts

Securities Regulation: Public and Private Securities Markets

Curriculum Vitae


Professor Orcutt, who was selected as the law school’s “Teacher of the Year” six times (2013, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004), teaches courses in Business Associations, Contracts, Entrepreneurial Law, and Securities Regulation. He has also taught courses in Mergers & Acquisition, Sales (Article 2 and the CISG), and Start-up Company Finance. Professor Orcutt helped create the law school’s dual JD/MBA program with UNH’s Paul College of Business and Economics. Professor Orcutt served as the law school’s Associate Dean for Faculty Research for three years from 2009-2012.

Before coming to the law school, Professor Orcutt spent eight years as both a capital markets attorney and an investment banker. Professor Orcutt was a Principal at Robertson Stephens, a Silicon Valley investment bank, where he was the head of its West Coast Telecom Services investment banking practice. He also served as Chief Administrative Officer of Robertson Stephens’ M&A group and as its Associate General Counsel. Prior to joining Robertson Stephens, Professor Orcutt was a Corporate Finance Associate with Shearman & Sterling, serving in both its New York, NY and Paris, France offices, where he specialized in securities offerings by European companies conducting dual listings in the United States and Europe.

Professor Orcutt’s research interests focus on innovation systems and how to improve the environment for entrepreneurial companies and technology-based economic growth. Professor Orcutt does extensive work in the areas of patent valuation, technology commercialization, and startup companies. He co-founded the law school’s International Technology Transfer Institute, which is a specialized research and consulting center that helps countries throughout the world improve the flow of publicly-funded innovations from universities and research institutes into the commercial sector.

Professor Orcutt travels the world to provide hands-on training and work on projects involving patent valuation, technology commercialization, and technology-based economic growth.

Spring Business Law Presentation Series with Professor Orcutt

What is Valuation, Feb. 4, 2014

Valuation, Mar. 5, 2014



Securities Regulation for Startups (forthcoming in 2014)

Patent Valuation: Improving Decision Making through Analysis (co-authored with William Murphy and Paul Remus) (Wiley Finance, 2012)

Shaping China’s Innovation Future: University Technology Transfer in Transition (co-authored with Hong Shen) (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2010).

Law Review Articles

Using Valuation-Based Decision Making to Increase the Efficiency of China’s Patent Subsidy Strategies, 2013 Cardozo Law Review de novo 116 (2013) (co-authored with William Murphy)

The Case Against Exempting Smaller Reporting Companies From Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404: Why Market-Based Solutions are Likely to Harm Ordinary Investors, 14 FORDHAM JOURNAL OF CORPORATE & FINANCIAL LAW 325 (2009).

Improving the Efficiency of the Angel Finance Market: A Proposal to Expand the Intermediary Role of Finders in the Private Capital Raising Setting, 37 ARIZONA STATE LAW JOURNAL 861 (2005).

Investor Skepticism v. Investor Confidence: Why the New Research Analyst Reforms Will Harm Investors, 81 DENVER UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 1 (2003).

Policy Reports

Science and Technology Plan: Shaping New Hampshire’s Economic Future (co-authored study with Prof. Ross Gittell) (final report, Feb. 2012)

New Hampshire in the Innovation Economy: A Plan to Increase Innovation and Technology-Based Economic Development in New Hampshire (co-authored study with Prof. Ross Gittell) (preliminary report, April 2010)


Patents as Options: Impact on Decision Making (in-progress law review article)

Is there a Market for IPO Regulations? An Empirical Analysis (in-progress law review article)