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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:

  • 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

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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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Sally M. Abel

Chair, Trademark

Partner, Intellectual Property

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Sally M. Abel is Chair of the Trademark Group, focusing her practice on international trademark and trade name counseling, including the development and management of international trademark portfolios and trademark rights on-line

Sally has repeatedly won international, national, state and Silicon Valley accolades as a preeminent trademark lawyer. The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers 2013 ranked her among the top three trademark lawyers in the U.S.—the only one of the three specializing in counseling and prosecution—and the top 10 trademark lawyers in the world.

Other recent recognition includes:

  • The Best of the Best 2013: Ranked in the top 8 U.S. trademark practitioners internationally
  • World Trademark Review 1000:  Ranked in the top 7 trademark practitioners in the nation in 2012 and 2013
  • Chambers USA Women in Law Awards:  Among the top 12 women IP lawyers in the U.S. (2012)
  • The Best Lawyers in America:  Intellectual Property and Trademark law (2010- 2014)
  • Chambers USA and Chambers Global:  One of the top IP attorneys in the world (2003-2013) (Band 1)
  • The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers:  Among the world’s leading trademark lawyers (2002-2013)
  • Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law:  One of the top trademark lawyers in the U.S. (2010 and 2012)
  • San Francisco Business Times, Most Influential Women in Business (June 2013)
  • The Recorder, Women Leaders in Tech Law (September 2013)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers: One of the top IP lawyers in the state (2004-2013)
  • Managing Intellectual Property: Named an IP Star in inaugural edition (2013)

Sally was a pioneer in the international debate over trademark rights on the Internet, including serving as INTA’s representative on the 11-member International Ad Hoc Committee (IAHC), the international body organized by the Internet Society, to restructure the domain name system. At the invitation of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Sally also participated in WIPO’s First Meeting of Consultants on Trademarks and Internet Domain Names held in Geneva in February, 1997. Through WIPO and the National Arbitration Forum, she has served as a neutral panelist in over 60 domain name disputes brought under ICANN’s UDRP system.

Sally was a member of the Board of Directors of INTA from May 1998 to May 2000. She chaired INTA’s Internet Subcommittee for two years, from 1996 to 1998, developed and chaired INTA’s Enforcement Committee, and currently serves on INTA’s US Legislation Committee and Panel of Neutrals. She writes and lectures internationally on trademarks and the Internet and teaches international trademark law and practice at Boalt Hall School of Law (Berkeley Law).

 
 

About Sally