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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 #1 in the Americas for number of technology deals in 2015 by Mergermarket
  • 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

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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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Ciara N. Mittan

Associate, Litigation  

San Francisco 415.875.2311

Overview

Ciara Mittan is an associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property & Commercial Litigation Group. She focuses her practice on business and intellectual property litigation matters to support clients in the technology space, with an emphasis on trademark and copyright matters and complex commercial disputes.

Ciara has experience handling disputes at all stages, including pre-litigation negotiations and maintenance of a trademark enforcement program for a large technology company, as well as discovery and dispositive motion practice in both state and federal court. Ciara also has significant pre-trial experience and has gone to jury trial in federal court. She has experience with trademark disputes that have components in both federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In 2016, Ciara worked on an amicus brief in support of Apple regarding the FBI’s motion to compel assistance to obtain data on an encrypted mobile device.

Ciara received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2013. During law school, Ciara served as Co-Chair of the Berkeley Law Board of Advocates and was a member of the Berkeley Law Mock Trial Team and competed as a regional champion at the national level. Ciara also served on the Editorial Board of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. Additionally, Ciara served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Ronald M. Whyte for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She received her B.A., with distinction, in rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009.

Representative Engagements

Trademark Litigation

Fitbug, Ltd. v. Fitbit, Inc.: Ciara and her colleagues Andrew P. Bridges, Jedediah Wakefield, Todd Gregorian​, defended wearable technology company Fitbit in trademark infringement suit brought by Fitbug Limited in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The team won summary judgment on all of plaintiff’s claims on laches grounds.

Copyright Litigation

Columbia Data Products v. Autonomy Corporation Limited: Ciara and a team led by partners Laurence Pulgram and Rodger Cole were retained by Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) after the close of discovery to try a copyright infringement case pending against HP subsidiary Autonomy. Plaintiff Columbia Data Products sought tens of millions of dollars in royalties it claimed it was owed under a license agreement with Connected Corporation, which was subsequently acquired by an Iron Mountain entity and then by Autonomy. After the team filed summary judgment motions, the case settled on the eve of the pre-trial proceedings.

Commercial Disputes

Kardashian v. Hurley: Ciara and her colleagues Rodger Cole and Songmee Connolly represented YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley and his new company MixBit against claims brought by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in a Los Angeles County Superior Court case alleging that Hurley violated a non-disclosure agreement by posting to MixBit a video of the couple’s marriage proposal. The lawsuit claimed that the breach of the alleged agreement substantially diminished the value of the event, which was filmed for broadcast on the E! Entertainment Television show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” The high-profile case attracted significant international media attention and resolved short of trial.

Haskins v. Symantec: Ciara joined her colleagues Laurence Pulgram and Tyler Newby to defend Symantec on appeal where the team won dismissal on the pleadings in the district court of a putative class action asserting false advertising and unfair competition claims based on Symantec’s failure to disclose a security breach that allegedly exposed source code for Norton Anti-Virus software. The district court decision established a new standard for determining necessity of allegation that a plaintiff actually saw and relied upon purportedly false ads. The Ninth Circuit affirmed in 2016.