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Fenwick Recognized Among Best Patent Firms Nationwide

Mountain View, CA (December 1, 2015) – Fenwick & West announced today that the firm’s patent practice has been recommended nationally in the 2015 issue of IP Media Group’s IAM Patent 1000, a guide to the world’s leading firms and individuals in private practice. The firm is recognized in the highest tier for patent prosecution and transactions nationwide and 13 attorneys are honored for their work.

“Fenwick & West is a truly versatile performer in the patent world,” the firm’s profile in the guide opens. “A spirit of innovation characterizes its outlook, so industry trailblazers regularly turn to it to secure cornerstone patents, as well as for strategic guidance. Thanks to the portfolios it builds, many startup clients find themselves the target in big-money acquisitions.”

IAM Patent 1000 ranks Fenwick in the first tier nationwide for patent prosecution and transactions in addition to recommending the firm for patent prosecution and transactions in California and patent prosecution in Washington. The firm is also recognized for its patent litigation practice in both California and Washington.

The guide also honored 13 Fenwick lawyers as leaders in their fields – five for patent transactions, five for patent prosecution, three for patent litigation and one nationally for post-grant procedures.

Of Fenwick’s patent litigation practice, the guide noted, “the firm’s trial lawyers never get tunnel vision on the legal aspects of a case – they are commercial thinkers who keep practical objectives.”

The 2015 rankings echo last year’s rankings, which recognized 13 Fenwick attorneys as leading practitioners and declared that the firm “has secured a place in the hearts and minds of companies and research entities across the globe.”

The full list of Fenwick lawyers distinguished by IAM Patent 1000 is below. Fenwick’s complete rankings are available through the IAM Patent 1000 website for California and Washington.


Patent Transactions

  • Larry Granatelli – “a guiding light for the technology transfer business unit; he is a dab hand when it comes to computer-related technologies”
  • Jake Handy – “has seen just about every deal type and structure you can think – experience which provides useful in breaking the mold”
  • David Hayes – “licensing maven [who] blends copyright, internet and digital media know-how in his patent and technology practice to great effect”
  • Lisa Kenkel – “bridges the divide between IT and life sciences practices”
  • Ralph Pais – “overseeing two unique initiatives: DMR, an internal discovery and diligence program, and FLEX, a unique in-house surrogacy scheme”

Patent Prosecution

  • Bob Hulse – “a go-to lawyer for questions relating to standard-essential patents”
  • John McNelis – “ace counselor [who] continues to do great things for technology venture capitalists and startups, though he has a number of public company devotees, too”
  • Rajiv Patel – “The relationships he forges with startups go deeper than the typical client-lawyer dynamic; his work for GoPro helped it to a hugely successful initial public offering, and CEO Nick Woodman asked Patel to join him in the NASDAQ opening bell ceremony.”
  • Gene Yee – “biotechnology master [who] thanks to his meticulous research and in-house legal background provides well-grounded advice that patrons find easy to apply in practice”
  • Jae Won Song – “[built] a dynamic US-Korea cross-border practice”

Patent Litigation

  • Mike Sacksteder – “commands a team of over 50 advocates,” “A jury trial win for Silver Peak Systems in a suit filed by competitor Riverbed was a highlight for him recently.”
  • David Tellekson – “David is one of the best patent litigators out there. He’s always prepared for any eventuality and he has the kind of personality that judges and juries warm to – his credibility is through the roof."
  • Dave Hadden – “When he’s on assignment he’s all business, and there is not a single technological area that makes him feel uncomfortable. Ultra-smart, he can talk theoretical physics or the latest sports scores without missing a beat.”

Post-Grant Procedures

  • John McNelis

About Fenwick & West
Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to ground-breaking technology and life sciences companies – at every stage of their lifecycle – and the investors that partner with them. We craft innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions on issues ranging from venture capital, public offerings, joint ventures, M&A and strategic relationships, to intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution, taxation, antitrust, and employment and labor law. For more than four decades, Fenwick has helped some of the world's most recognized companies become and remain market leaders. For information about a career at Fenwick visit us at fenwick.com/careers.​​