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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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Fenwick & West Returns as a Top 25 Law Firm on 2011 Patent Scorecard – Strong Standings in Current Impact™ and Science Linkage™ for Patent Prosecutions

April 11, 2001 (Mountain View CA) – Fenwick & West LLP is pleased to announce its ranking as a top 25 law firm on Intellectual Property Today's Patent Scorecard 2011 for the second consecutive year.

Within the scorecard categories, Fenwick & West placed fifth for Current Impact™, which demonstrates the extent to which others are building upon a portfolio of comparable patents. The firm was ranked 11th in the Science Linkage™ category, which indicates the degree to which a portfolio or individual patent references scientific publications, and its Patent Count™ rose by more than 20 percent compared to the 2010 scorecard.

"We are pleased for the ongoing recognition of our multidisciplinary approach to patent work for the world's most innovative companies," says John T. McNelis, Chair of Fenwick's Patent Group. "This year's scorecard illustrates the effectiveness and value our clients receive from our attorneys' strategic business and cross-practice perspectives and deep scientific background."

Fenwick & West's Patent Group includes patent agents, engineers and scientists, with more than half of the group holding Ph.D.'s. Notable clients the firm has represented in patent prosecutions in the past year include Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Amazon.com, Google, Facebook, Harrah's Entertainment, Honda R&D Americas and Symantec.

The Law Firm Patent Scorecard™, published annually by IP Today, evaluates and gauges patent prosecution from a quality, technological strength and breadth of impact. It is compiled with natively filed patents including U.S. utility patents represented by law firms.


About Fenwick & West

Established in 1972, Fenwick & West works closely with clean technology, life sciences and other technology companies that are changing the world through innovation. The firm has more than 30 years of experience crafting innovative solutions to the business challenges that arise at the intersection of technology and the law. Fenwick & West clients, who range from start-up ventures to global enterprises, value our attorneys' deep industry experience and understanding of their technologies.

Press Contact

John T. McNelis
Chair, Patent Group
650.335.7133
jmcnelis@fenwick.com

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