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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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Corporate and Securities Alert: New Law Facilitates Corporate Capital Raising

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4/5/2012 - On March 8, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3606 with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Fall 2005

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11/22/2005 - On November 7, 2005, the Recording Industry Association of America issued a press release announcing settlement of the longstanding file-sharing dispute with Grokster.

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - First Quarter 2014

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5/16/2014 - We analyzed the terms of 156 venture financings closed in the first quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Second Quarter 2014

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8/11/2014 - We analyzed the terms of 174 venture financings closed in the second quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Fall 2011

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10/15/2011 - Fenwick's Intellectual Property Updates for Fall 2011

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 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.

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.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Summer 2007

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6/26/2007 - On May 23, 2007, Coca-Cola employee Joya Williams was sentenced to eight years in prison for trying to sell Coke's trade secrets to rival Pepsi.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Winter 2014

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2/24/2014 - Covering Fair Use, Post-Grant Review of Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks.

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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.

Fenwick Employment Brief - March 9, 2006

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3/9/2006 - This Fenwick Employment Brief for March 2006 summarizes recent developments in the law.

Google Case Exposures New Approaches to Copyright and Fair Use on the Internet

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2/22/2006 - On February 21, 2006, the Federal District Court in Los Angeles issued a decision with important new analyses affecting use of copyrighted materials on the Internet.

Litigation Alert: California Court Enforces Liquidated Damages in Standardized Form Contracts for Consumer Services

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1/27/2006 - On January 20, 2006, a California Court of Appeal found enforceable the liquidated damages provisions for late fees in standardized form contracts for consumer services.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Fall 2005

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11/22/2005 - On November 7, 2005, the Recording Industry Association of America issued a press release announcing settlement of the longstanding file-sharing dispute with Grokster.

Fenwick Employment Brief - October 27, 2005

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10/27/2005 - The decision by a 3-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that FMLA releases must be approved by a court or the federal Department of Labor

Fenwick Employment Brief - July 12, 2005

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7/12/2005 - Labor Commissioner Reconsiders Position on Partial Day Vacation Deductions / Criticisms of Employee's Performance do not Support FEHA Claim / NLRB Strikes Down Handbook Provision Limiting Employee Complaints

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 22, 2005

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6/22/2005 - Employer's Use of 'Personality' Test Violated ADA/ Decision Highlights Risk of Using E-Mail to Distribute Important Personnel Policies/ Ninth Circuit Will Reconsider Casino's Requirement that Women Bartenders Wear Makeup

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.

Fenwick Employment Brief - April 14, 2005

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4/14/2005 - U.S. Supreme Court Allows Disparate Impact Theory in Age Discrimination Cases/Employers May Not Require Medical Examination Before Making 'Real' Job Offer