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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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Top 50 People Shaping the Future of IP

July 12, 2013

Fenwick & West intellectual property scholar Colleen Chien is named among the "Top 50 People Shaping the Future of IP" in Managing Intellectual Property magazine. Chien, who is also an assistant professor at Santa Clara University Law School and a former Fenwick associate, has studied patent trolls – or patent assertion entities (PAEs), a term she coined – since 2008. Chien's work on patent trolls, including recent papers “Startups and Patent Trolls” and “Patent Trolls by the Numbers,” has helped spark a national conversation.

In the accompanying profile, Managing IP notes that based on Chien’s research, the Obama Administration focused its plan to combat patent trolls – rolled out in June 2013 with five executive actions and seven legislative recommendations – on targeting the behavior of trolls rather than trying to define a patent troll. The White House proposal for reform repeatedly cites her research.

In April, as the profile notes, “Chien testified before a House Judiciary Committee’s Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Subcommittee hearing about frivolous patent litigation,” and in June, she co-wrote an op-ed in The New York Times titled “Make Patent Trolls Pay in Court” with Chief Judge Randall Rader of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and David Hricik, his clerk.

The op-ed starts, “The onslaught of litigation brought by 'patent trolls' – who typically buy up a slew of patents, then sue anyone and everyone who might be using or selling the claimed inventions – has slowed the development of new products, increased costs for businesses and consumers, and clogged our judicial system.”

Chien told Managing IP that she sees herself as “a messenger.”

“My job is to ask questions and try to combine data and people's experiences to answer them.”

In February, the board of the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty (CAPALF) named Chien its first Eric R. Yamamoto Emerging Scholar, citing her impressive scholarship and contributions to public policy and the development of intellectual property law, and in April, Silicon Valley Business Journal named Chien to its list of “Women of Influence,” which recognized “outstanding women leaders."​