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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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Just Moot It Supreme Court in Already v Nike Clarifies When a Covenant Not to Sue Can Kill a Declaratory Judgment

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1/14/2013 - Just Moot It: Supreme Court in Already v. Nike Clarifies when a Covenant Not to Sue Can Kill a Declaratory Judgment Case. In 2007, the Supreme Court in MedImmune v. Genentech broadened the scope of declaratory judgment jurisdiction.

Ninth Circuit Opens New Questions in Copyright Law in Denying Fox's Request to Enjoin Dish Network's Ad-Skipping Service

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7/26/2013 - Fox Broadcasting Company v. Dish Network LLC marks the latest effort by content providers to seek redress for business harm arising from ad-skipping technologies.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Winter 2005/2006

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3/21/2006 - In today's global marketplace, patent protection continues to be an important part of a company's overall business and intellectual property strategy.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Winter 2013

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4/5/2013 - Fenwick's Intellectual Property Updates for Winter 2013

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2013

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6/14/2013 - Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2013

Corporate and Securities Alert: M&A Development—Additional Guidance from the Delaware Chancery Court on MAE Clauses

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10/22/2008 - Hexion v. Huntsman provides lessons on what constitutes a Material Adverse Effect and the meaning of 'reasonable best efforts' and 'knowing and intentional breach.'...

Fenwick Employment Brief - April 13, 2010

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4/13/2010 - This Fenwick Employment Brief for April 2010 summarizes recent developments in the law.

Litigation Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Enforces Class Action Waivers in Consumer Arbitration Agreements

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4/28/2011 - On Wednesday April 27, 2011, the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 decision, overturned California's refusal to enforce waivers of class action rights in consumer arbitration agreements, holding that the Federal Arbitration Act (

Executive Compensation Alert: SEC Adopts Final Rules for Determining Independence of Compensation Committees and Compensation Consultants

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6/29/2012 - rank Act Section 952, requiring national securities exchanges to prohibit the initial or continued listing of any stock of a company that does not satisfy compensation committee independence criteria and compensation adviser independence criteria.

Fenwick Employment Brief - December 2012

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12/18/2012 - This Fenwick Employment Brief for December 2012 summarizes recent developments in the law.

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Intellectual Property Bulletin Fall 2008

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10/17/2008 - In Fisher Tool Co., v. Gillet Outillage, 530 F.3d 1063 (9th Cir. 2008), the Ninth Circuit adopted the Federal Circuit's standard requiring a showing of bad faith in order to maintain Lanham Act and state law claims.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Summer 2008

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7/15/2008 - Rejecting the authority of more recent Ninth Circuit cases on the ground that their holdings could not be reconciled with an earlier Ninth Circuit decision, a Washington District Court has held a transfer of computer software to represent a sale…

Intellectual Property Bulletin Spring 2008

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5/19/2008 - Just as a semiconductor clean room aims to exclude airborne particles that could contaminate wafer layers, so the legal software clean room has sought to protect computer software developers from contaminating 'access' to earlier works.

Fenwick Employment Brief - March 11, 2008

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3/11/2008 - Fenwick attorneys discuss recent rulings and news related to employment law as of March 11, 2008.

Fenwick Employment Brief - February 8, 2008

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2/8/2008 - In a significant ruling for employers, the California Supreme Court recently held that an employer is not required to accommodate an employee who uses medical marijuana.

Fenwick Employment Brief - December 10, 2007

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12/10/2007 - In Mokler v. County of Orange, a California Court of Appeal held there was sufficient evidence to support a plaintiff's retaliatory dismissal claim, but rejected her sexual harassment claim as not being sufficiently severe or pervasive.

Fenwick Employment Brief - November 20, 2007

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11/20/2007 - Effective January 1, 2008, the minimum hourly rate for exempt computer software professionals will be $36, down from this year's minimum of $49.77.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Fall 2007

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10/12/2007 - Disclosures to government regulators have always posed risks to trade secrets and other proprietary information.

Fenwick Employment Brief - October 8, 2007

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10/8/2007 - In a decision narrowing the scope of the administrative exemption, a California Court of Appeal held in Harris v. Superior Court that insurance claims adjusters were improperly classified under the administrative exemption.

Securities Litigation Alert: Insider Trading Is Back

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9/4/2007 - Most of the SEC enforcement actions brought this year against Wall Street professionals and corporate executives involve insider trading in advance of mergers and acquisitions.