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 >

FLEX by Fenwick is the only service created by an AmLaw 100 firm that provides flexible and cost-effective solutions for interim in-house legal needs to high-growth companies.  MORE >

Fenwick & West handles significant cross-border legal and business issues for a wide range of technology and life sciences who operate internationally..  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


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 >

Mountain View Office
Silicon Valley Center
801 California Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

San Francisco Office
555 California Street
12th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

Seattle Office
1191 Second Avenue
10th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101

New York Office
1211 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, NY 10036

Shanghai Office
Unit 908, 9/F, Kerry Parkside Office
No. 1155 Fang Dian Road
Pudong New Area, Shanghai 201204
P.R. China
+86 21 8017 1200

Patent Operations: Superior Quality and Maximum Efficiency

One of our clients’ most significant patent-related financial burdens is the high cost of managing their patent portfolios. To address this, Fenwick applies a two-fold approach to enhance efficiency and reduce cost: an innovative staffing model that enables us to provide routine patent services from our Patent Back Office in Vermont, combined with an entirely paperless system. The Patent Back Office provides access to a highly educated, highly skilled workforce in which operation costs are much lower than typical high-tech centers.

The benefits to our clients of this approach are many and include:

  • Control and management of your portfolio stays in the U.S. Clients who formerly outsourced portfolio management are bringing it back onshore because of security concerns and the additional cost associated with quality control and managing providers over long distances and multiple time zones.
  • You will receive crown jewel patent strategy at value-based pricing. A perennial complaint among corporate counsel has been the need to choose between high quality but expensive prosecution resources for critical inventions and lower-cost providers for other inventions. No longer. Fenwick’s focus on efficiency means you get top-quality, business-savvy prosecution with predictable, competitive pricing.
  • We will be with you through all stages of growth. Our start-up clients find Fenwick to be a high value, yet cost-effective solution to patent filing and portfolio management. As you evolve and your needs grow for higher volume and greater sophistication in patent processing, we have the capabilities to meet any requirement.

What You Can Expect from Fenwick’s Patent Back Office

Substantial patent knowledge to assist with filings and prosecution.

We have knowledgeable administrative and scientific staff who provide cost-effective analytical capabilities that few firms can match. In addition, our Patent Back Office specialists use Fenwick’s latest document sharing technology and online communication tools to handle patent prosecution efficiently, while receiving direct guidance from partners and associates, both on site and from our main offices.

Comprehensive administrative skills that ensure all aspects of the patenting process run smoothly

Our Patent Back Office staff is skilled at proofing and correcting all patent documentation issued, including direct communication with patent counsel in other countries to ensure that all details of foreign filings are completed. Our Patent Back Office staff also facilitates portfolio management communication, so clients are always current on patent application progress and cost.

A critical timing edge

Our Patent Back Office in Vermont adds time-zone proximity to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, so we get PTO communications processed, prepared and routed to our West Coast attorneys and agents earlier in the day, allowing greater efficiency in prosecution filings and inquiries.

What You Can Expect from Fenwick’s Paperless Patent Capability

Worldwide economies of scale and protection

We use proprietary processes for mass scanning and optical character recognition of large IP portfolio intakes, providing instant online access. This provides a searchable catalog that is available 24/7 in secure, encrypted form anywhere in the world. This gives our multinational clients the ability to acquire, transfer, organize and catalog vast IP portfolios, and provides a single source to support global enforcement efforts.

Customized interfaces uniquely designed for what you need

Rather than follow the “one size fits all” philosophy of some law firms, Fenwick developed an IP technology platform that is incredibly easy to customize. Using Fenwick’s extensive in-house IT capabilities, we can easily connect our patent system to whatever platforms are already in use with our clients. Such custom-built platforms enhance speed and efficiency at the client level, and keep costs low at the same time.

Enhanced speed through electronic filing

All our patent filings are done electronically, whether it is required or optional, using online technology that is ahead of the curve. The occasional paper documents we deal with primarily come from correspondent foreign law firms that have not yet completed their transition to paperless operation, and the ability of international partners to go paperless is a major consideration in our decision to utilize them.

Intelligence to provide you with a competitive advantage

Rather than rely just on the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office database, we use comprehensive private patent databases that have enhanced features and are tremendous sources of competitive intelligence. We can manipulate this information to do large “data crunching” projects that can, for example, assess how many and what kind of patents a competitor is likely to receive in the next year.

Take Action

If your existing law firm doesn’t understand your budget constraints, strategic patent management or your in-house technology requirements, contact Stuart Meyer at (650) 335-7286 or to learn how Fenwick can help you turn your patent portfolio management from a headache into a quantifiable competitive edge.​​​​​​​