For more than four decades, Fenwick & West LLP has helped some of the world’s most recognized companies become, and remain, market leaders. From emerging enterprises to large public corporations, our clients are leaders in the technology, life sciences and cleantech sectors and are fundamentally changing the world through rapid innovation.  MORE >

Fenwick & West was founded in 1972 in the heart of Silicon Valley—before “Silicon Valley” existed—by four visionary lawyers who left a top-tier New York law firm to pursue their shared belief that technology would revolutionize the business world and to pioneer the legal work for those technological innovations. In order to be most effective, they decided they needed to move to a location close to primary research and technology development. These four attorneys opened their first office in downtown Palo Alto, and Fenwick became one of the first technology law firms in the world.  MORE >

From our founding in 1972, Fenwick has been committed to promoting diversity and inclusion both within our firm and throughout the legal profession. For almost four decades, the firm has actively promoted an open and inclusive work environment and committed significant resources towards improving our diversity efforts at every level.  MORE >

At Fenwick, we are proud of our commitment to the community and to our culture of making a difference in the lives of individuals and organizations in the communities where we live and work. We recognize that providing legal services is not only an essential part of our professional responsibility, but also an excellent opportunity for our attorneys to gain valuable practical experience, learn new areas of the law and contribute to the community.  MORE >

Year after year, Fenwick & West is honored for excellence in the legal profession. Many of our attorneys are recognized as leaders in their respective fields, and our Corporate, Tax, Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups consistently receive top national and international rankings, including:

  • Nearly 15 percent of Fenwick partners named America's Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers USA and Chambers Global
  • Selected as a "Go-To" law firm by in-house legal departments at Fortune 500 companies in Corporate Counsel magazine
  • Named to The National Law Journal's inaugural "Intellectual Property Hot List" for outstanding patent, copyright, trademark and IP litigation services


We take sustainability very seriously at Fenwick. Like many of our clients, we are adopting policies that reduce consumption and waste, and improve efficiency. By using technologies developed by a number of our cleantech clients, we are at the forefront of implementing sustainable policies and practices that minimize environmental impact. In fact, Fenwick has earned recognition in several areas as one of the top US law firms for implementing sustainable business practices.  MORE >

At Fenwick, we have a passion for excellence and innovation that mirrors our client base. Our firm is making revolutionary changes to the practice of law through substantial investments in proprietary technology tools and processes—allowing us to deliver best-in-class legal services more effectively.   MORE >

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Patent Law Institute - 7th Annual

Why you should attend

The Institute is designed to be of ultimate practice value to all three subgroups in the patent law community: patent prosecutors, patent litigators, and strategic/transactional lawyers. The two-day schedule includes seven plenary sessions of interest to all patent lawyers and five breakout sessions in each of the three subgroups.

You design the two-day schedule that best meets your professional needs.

Do not miss this unique opportunity to sharpen your practice skills and network with federal judges, USPTO officials, in-house counsel and outside patent lawyers.

What you will learn

Plenary sessions include:

  • Keynote Address by Hon. Margaret A. (Peggy) Focarino, Commissioner of Patents
  • A dialogue with prominent members of the bench and bar, including former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul R. Michel
  • Key buyers, sellers and brokers of patent assets divulge inner workings of the patent marketplace
  • U.S. District Court judges provide insight on patent law and litigation
  • The practice impact of the America Invents Act, and recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions
  • Corporate counsel discuss critical issues that keep them awake at night
Plus customize your Institute by choosing from 15 breakout sessions!

Prosecution Breakout Track: three sessions focused on the avalanche of USPTO rules implementing the America Invents Act (AIA) and other important PTO actions; and two sessions focused on the AIA and chemical and biotechnical patent prosecution. This year, and until further notice, the USPTO is all about AIA implementation. You can expect many on-the-fly adjustments as to AIA implementation, so this is your chance to be current across the board.

Litigation Breakout Track
: containing patent litigation costs; developments in pharma and biotech patent litigation; advice from the bench; litigating against non-practicing entities; and developments in patent damages.

Strategic/Transactional Breakout Track: hear about key issues concerning patent standards and “essential patents”; patent-eligible subject matter in view of Prometheus and its progeny; joint infringement from attorneys involved in Akamai and other key decisions; and hot tech transfer topics affecting your practice.


Special Features

  • Patent system perspectives from industry and a District Court judge
  • Earn one hour of Ethics credit!
Who should attend

Patent litigators, patent prosecutors and patent transactional lawyers, both in-house and outside counsel, should not miss PLI’s Patent Law Institute. In just two days, you will hear all of the recent developments you need to know and learn how to adjust your practice to the new environment.


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