For more than four decades, Fenwick & West 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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Andrew T. Serafini, Ph.D., is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group of Fenwick & West LLP, a law firm specializing in technology and life sciences. Dr. Serafini is resident in the Seattle office, and his practice focuses on strategic and comprehensive intellectual property counseling and management to biotechnology, biopharmaceutical and other life sciences clients. His efforts help them obtain, protect and enforce their intellectual property rights, especially in the areas of immunology, molecular biology, antibody engineering and therapeutics, vaccines, stem cell technologies, molecular genetics, genomics, proteomics and protein chemistry, pharmaceuticals, medical therapeutics, nanotechnology, cleantech, medical diagnostics and personalized medicine.
Dr. Serafini's practice involves preparing and prosecuting U.S. and international patents; performing due diligence and freedom to operate analyses associated with mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and other private and public financings; drafting opinions on patentability, non-infringement and patent validity; product development counseling; contesting interferences, oppositions and arbitrations; and supporting technology litigation.
Dr. Serafini works closely with the venture capital community to help build life sciences start-up companies into industry market leaders. He also partners with public and private universities and research institutions to help safeguard, leverage and bring to market their technology assets and innovations as well as facilitate the technology transfer of these assets and innovations to foster further developments to benefit the public.
Dr. Serafini is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law where he teaches advanced courses in intellectual property with a focus on patent law. He also advises and mentors University of Washington School of Law students participating in independent study programs and law clinics, including the University of Washington School of Law Entrepreneurial Law Clinic.
In 2011, Dr. Serafini was recognized as a "Rising Star" in the area of Intellectual Property by Washington SuperLawyers.
Dr. Serafini is a member of the Seattle Trade Development Alliance Advisory Council.
Prior to joining Fenwick & West, he was a partner in the Seattle office of Woodcock Washburn LLP.