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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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Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Expands Discretion to Award Enhanced Damages for Patent Infringement and Eliminates the Federal Circuit's “Seagate Test”

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6/15/2016 - Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., the United States Supreme Court changed the law regarding when enhanced damages should be awarded in patent infringement cases, by eliminating the two-part test.

Making Sense of the Revived 'Machine-or-Transformation' Test in In re Bilski

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3/16/2009 - On October 30, 2008, in In re Bilski, No. 07-1130 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 30, 2008) the Federal Circuit handed down the latest judicial effort to provide guidance about the types of subject matter that are eligible for patent protection.

Viewpoint: Supreme Court Should Set Objective Test for Software Patents

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2/21/2014 - Is software patentable? Computers and software are everywhere in our daily lives; we rely on software inventions in our homes, our workplaces, our automobiles and our schools.

Patent Alert: Federal Circuit en banc Clarifies the Test for Determining When Processes are Patentable

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10/31/2008 - In a long-awaited decision, on October 30, 2008, the Federal Circuit en banc decided In re Bilski, clarifying the test for determining whether a process patent claim qualifies as patentable subject matter under Section 101 of the U.S. Patent Act.

Litigation Alert: eBay v. MercExchange: Supreme Court Clarifies Test for Permanent Injunction in Patent Cases

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5/15/2006 - A decision today by the United States Supreme Court is likely to impact the dynamic in many patent litigation lawsuits brought by companies that purchase patents in order to sue other companies for infringing them.

Intellectual Property Alert: Supreme Court Rules Against Broadly Claimed Software Patents, But Offers No Clear Test for Abstract Ideas

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6/20/2014 - Supreme Court Rules Against Broadly Claimed Software Patents, But Offers No Clear Test for Abstract Ideas.

Copyright Alert: Perfect 10 v. Google—Key Holdings: Website Framing Does Not Directly Infringe the Public Display Right, Image Search Engine Thumbnails Are Fair Use, and a New Test for Online Contributory Infringement

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5/17/2007 - How fast do things change in 'Internet time'? That was in substance one of the questions posed in yesterday's Ninth Circuit decision in Perfect 10 v. Google.

Fenwick Employment Brief - July 16, 2009

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7/16/2009 - This Fenwick Employment Brief for July 2009 summarizes recent developments in the law.

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 10, 2009

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6/10/2009 - This Fenwick Employment Brief for June 2009 summarizes recent developments in the law.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Summer 2009

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7/7/2009 - Fenwick's Intellectual Property Updates for Summer 2009.

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Litigation Alert: The Ninth Circuit Leaves Pirate Joe’s Saying “Shiver Me Timbers!”

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8/30/2016 - Late last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit determined a court had jurisdiction to decide a trademark lawsuit filed by a U.S. grocery store against a Canadian reseller where the products at issue were only sold in Canada.

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2016

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8/18/2016 - Fenwick & West Intellectual Property Bulletin. Covering current legal issues in patent, copyright and intellectual property law.

Litigation Alert: FTC Holds That Disclosure of Sensitive Medical Information Due to Lax Security Violates the FTC Act

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8/2/2016 - FTC held in In the Matter of LabMD, Inc. that a company’s failure to implement reasonable security measures to protect sensitive consumer information on its network constituted an unfair business practice in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act.

New Intercompany Debt Rules Shock Multinational Companies

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6/28/2016 - On April 4, 2016, the United States Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued proposed regulations under § 385 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”).

Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Expands Discretion to Award Enhanced Damages for Patent Infringement and Eliminates the Federal Circuit's “Seagate Test”

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6/15/2016 - Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., the United States Supreme Court changed the law regarding when enhanced damages should be awarded in patent infringement cases, by eliminating the two-part test.

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2016

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5/18/2016 - Fenwick & West Intellectual Property Bulletin. Covering current legal issues in patent, copyright and intellectual property law.

Litigation Alert: 8th Circuit Clarifies Reach of Copyright Act in Preempting Right of Publicity Claims

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3/2/2016 - 8th Circuit affirms summary judgment in favor of NFL on former NFL players’ right of publicity claim, finding the claim to be preempted by the Copyright Act.

Litigation Alert: Hurt Locker Decision Clarifies Differences in First Amendment Interests and Personal Interests Protected by the Right of Publicity

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2/23/2016 - Litigation Alert: Sarver v. Chartier - 9th Circuit affirms filmmakers’ use of an individual’s story in the film The Hurt Locker is protected by the First Amendment and does not violate alleged subject’s right of publicity.

Antitrust Alert: New HSR Thresholds for 2016

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1/22/2016 - The annual adjustment of the dollar thresholds for pre-acquisition filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act will take effect the end of February. All transactions closing on or after the effective date will be governed by the new thresholds.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Fall 2015

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12/22/2015 - Fenwick & West Intellectual Property Bulletin. Covering current legal issues in patent, copyright and intellectual property law.