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:

  • Named Technology Group of the Year by Law360
  • Ranked the #1 firm worldwide for technology deals through Q3 2015
  • Nearly 20 percent of Fenwick partners are ranked by Chambers
  • Consistently ranked among the top 10 law firms in the U.S. for diversity
  • Recognized as having top mentoring and pro bono programs by Euromoney


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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Gene Yee, Ph.D.

Associate, Intellectual Property

icon partner 206.389.4535

Office: Seattle

Gene Yee focuses his practice primarily on preparing and prosecuting patent applications, providing intellectual property strategy and counseling, and negotiating patent licenses with a technical emphasis in the biotechnological arts. His expertise includes experience in a variety of fields including molecular and cellular biology, nanotechnology, therapeutic oncology, immunology, pharmacology, biochemistry, plant molecular biology, molecular diagnostics, and drug delivery systems.

While in law school, Gene served as an extern to the Honorable John T. Noonan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Before entering law school, Gene studied and worked as a researcher for 20 years. As a graduate student at MIT, he studied the molecular basis of cell adhesion during embryonic development in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute laboratory of Dr. Richard Hynes. Gene was an American Cancer Society post-doctoral fellow at UCSF, where he studied the role of proto-oncogenes in the regulation of the cell cycle with Dr. J. Michael Bishop, recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

During his years as a researcher, Gene co-authored multiple scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Gene worked as an intellectual property counsel for Life Technologies Corporation, a large biotechnology company, where he was responsible for patent procurement, litigation, diligence, and licensing issues related to products in the areas of gene expression, nucleic acid sequencing, and PCR systems. Prior to that, Gene was an associate at Townsend and Townsend and Crew and Morrison & Foerster, where he focused his practice on biotechnology patent prosecution, litigation, opinion, and due diligence work.


About Gene