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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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Fenwick Employment Brief - May 12, 2010

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5/12/2010 - Fenwick attorneys discuss Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores and other employment law news

Publicity rights vs. the First Amendment

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2/19/2014 - Publicity Rights vs First Amendment Rights in advertsising referring to actual people living or dead.

Employee Benefits Alert: Another 401(k) Headache: Covering Leased Employees

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8/27/2009 - In a recent employee benefits alert, we looked at temporary and part-time employees, and the circumstances under which an employer must cover them under its 401(k) plan.

Fenwick Employment Brief - October 15, 2009

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10/15/2009 - This Fenwick Employment Brief for October 2009 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.

Antitrust Alert: The Supreme Court issued its decision in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. Ross-Simmons Hardwood Lumber Co., No. 05-381

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2/21/2007 - On February 20, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. Ross-Simmons Hardwood Lumber Co., No. 05-381, addressing the antitrust analysis of predatory bidding under Sherman Act Section 2.

Fenwick Employment Brief - August 2014

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8/14/2014 - Articles on current issues in employment law including partial-day leave deductions, joint employer risk and PAGA.

Litigation Alert: A Unanimous Supreme Court Reverses Federal Circuit Ruling on Damages in Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc.

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12/7/2016 - On December 6, 2016, in a unanimous opinion written by Justice Sotomayor, the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit’s affirmance of the damages award in Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Winter 2008/2009

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12/23/2008 - Personalized medicine companies should implement new strategies to deal with the challenges associated with protecting their inventions...

Antitrust Alert: New HSR Thresholds for 2013

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1/15/2013 - Effective December 30, 2012, California employers are subject to the new administrative regulations governing disabilities — including those related to pregnancy — that were issued by the Fair Employment and Housing Commission.

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Tax Alert: IRS Untangles § 163(L) in Cross-Border Hybrid Financing Transaction

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5/13/2015 - “In terrorem” or anti-abuse provisions often receive a lack of judicial and administrative interpretation. Section 163(l) of the Code, enacted in 1997, is no exception, so that even now certain fundamental questions.

Eraser Laws - Forgetting a Minors Past to Save His Future

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5/5/2015 - Earlier this year, California seemingly came to Hector's rescue with its Eraser Law (officially the Privacy Rights for California Minors in the Digital World, Business and Professions Code Sections 22580-2258​2).

Litigation Alert: Hana Financial v. Hana Bank - The Supreme Court Reaffirms the Power of the Jury to Decide Issues of Commercial Impression in a Trademark Tacking Decision

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1/23/2015 - In the first substantial trademark case in over a decade, the Supreme Court unanimously decided that a jury can apply the tacking doctrine and decide whether two trademarks, used by a single party, convey the same commercial impression.

Fenwick Employment Brief - January 2015

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1/12/2015 - This Fenwick Employment Brief - January 2015 includes the topics of security checks not being compensable time, NLRB expanding employees’ use of email for protected activity and perceived whistleblower activity.

Litigation Alert: California Superior Court Finds Use of Likeness of Former Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega in Video Game Transformative

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11/6/2014 - The ruling addresses how to assess right of publicity claims in the video game context— when a real person’s likeness is used in a game without their consent.

Litigation Alert: California Bans Non-Disparagement Clauses in Consumer Contracts

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9/18/2014 - On September 9, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 2365, popularly referred to as the “Yelp” bill. The new law, codified at California Civil Code section 1670.8, will prohibit the use of “non-disparagement” clauses.

Fenwick Employment Brief - August 2014

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8/14/2014 - Articles on current issues in employment law including partial-day leave deductions, joint employer risk and PAGA.

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 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.

Privacy and Information Security Alert: Federal Trade Commission Recommendations for Companies Providing Mobile Shopping Applications

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8/11/2014 - On August 1, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report entitled What’s the Deal? An FTC Study on Mobile Shopping Apps (the FTC Report). The FTC Report is based on a study the FTC conducted to better understand the consumer shopping apps.