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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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New York Office
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Litigation Alert: California Court Blocks Subpoenas Aimed at Bloggers' Source of Trade Secret Information

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6/1/2006 - On May 26, 2006, the California Court of Appeals, Sixth District, issued a unanimous decision striking down subpoenas to Internet 'news' sites seeking the source of leaked trade secret information.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Summer 2014

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8/12/2014 - Intellectual Property Bulletin Summer 2014, including administrative judges, Alice v. CLS, Blackhorse v. Pro-Football, Inc. and ISPs.

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.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Spring 2005

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6/14/2005 - CoStar Reopens Settled Fixation Issue/Trademark Infringement and the Fair Use Defense/Changes in Store for 'Ailing' Patent System/Family Entertainment and Copyright Act Becomes Law.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Fall 2004

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9/10/2004 - Federal Circuit Whacks the Doctrine of Equivalents Again/The Role of Dictionaries in Patent Claim Construction/ Quick Updates.

U.S. Tax Developments Affecting Financial Institutions and Products

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8/12/2014 - Recent months have seen significant IRS and judicial developments affecting financial institutions and market participants, including new FATCA changes and proposed regulations on dividend equivalent payments under section 871(m).

Intellectual Property Bulletin Summer 2012

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8/27/2012 - Fenwick's Intellectual Property Updates for Summer 2012

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 Summer 2013

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9/25/2013 - Intellectual Property Bulletin Summer 2013

Fenwick Employment Brief - August 11, 2010

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8/11/2010 - This August 2010 Fenwick Employment Brief summarizes recent developments in the law

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Litigation Alert: DOJ Revises Policy on Demanding Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege

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12/18/2006 - On December 12, 2006, the Justice Department announced new guidelines for federal prosecutors to follow in charging business organizations.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Fall 2006

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11/20/2006 - The GNU General Public License v2.0 ('the GPL') governs a majority of open source software. The GPL grants recipients the right to copy, distribute and modify covered software provided they do so in a manner consistent with the 'free' nature.

Fenwick Employment Brief - November 6, 2006

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11/6/2006 - On October 10, 2006, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a disabled employee need not prove he was a 'qualified' individual to demonstrate disability discrimination.

Litigation Alert: Transforming Uses of a Celebrity's Likeness Are Protected by the First Amendment

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10/31/2006 - In Kirby v. Sega of America, Inc., No. B183820 (Cal. Ct. App. Sept. 25, 2006) - the First Amendment provides a complete defense for misappropriation of a celebrity's likeness and image where the defendant's use is transformative

Litigation Alert: Northern District of California Rules Online Auction Buyer Must Sue in Seller's Forum

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8/18/2006 - Chief Judge Vaughn Walker ruled in Boschetto v. Hansing (Case No. C-06-1390, order issued July 13, 2006) that a Wisconsin resident's sale of a vehicle on eBay to a California resident did not give rise to personal jurisdiction in California.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Summer 2006

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6/30/2006 - A patent gives its owner the right to exclude others from making, using and selling the claimed invention. Thus, patent rights give a patentee great control over who uses his or her invention.

Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Dismisses LabCorp Appeal

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6/23/2006 - The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday opted to dismiss a case having potentially broad implications for the question of what constitutes patentable subject matter.

Litigation Alert: California Court Blocks Subpoenas Aimed at Bloggers' Source of Trade Secret Information

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6/1/2006 - On May 26, 2006, the California Court of Appeals, Sixth District, issued a unanimous decision striking down subpoenas to Internet 'news' sites seeking the source of leaked trade secret information.

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.

Litigation Alert: Electronic Discovery is Focus of Pending Federal Rule Changes Approved by U.S. Supreme Court

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4/25/2006 - On April 12, 2006, the United States Supreme Court approved changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that will require early involvement of the court in managing electronic discovery.