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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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Fenwick Employment Brief - March 12, 2007

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3/12/2007 - This Fenwick Employment Brief for March 2007 summarizes recent developments in the law.

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.

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

Copyright Alert: Associated Press v. Meltwater

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3/29/2013 - Meltwater News infringed copyrights of the Associated Press (AP), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District in Manhattan held last week,

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.

Litigation Alert: Federal Circuit’s Ariosa Decision, Good Chance for Rehearing En Banc

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11/4/2015 - the Supreme Court’s Mayo decision involving patent invalidation under Section 101 of the Patent Act, Ariosa is unusual in that the asserted patent covered what most experts in the medical field consider to be a groundbreaking discovery; the very type of d

The Battle Rages On: A Report from the Front Line of the Patentable Subject Matter War

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9/1/2012 - Robert Sachs discusses the conflicting approaches the court applies to patentable subject matter for computer-implemented business methods.

Fenwick Employment Brief - September 9, 2009

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9/9/2009 - This Fenwick Employment Brief for September 2009 summarizes recent developments in the law

Fenwick Employment Brief - February 10, 2010

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2/10/2010 - This Fenwick Employment Brief for February 2010 summarizes recent developments in the law.

Fenwick Employment Brief - March 2011

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3/14/2011 - This Fenwick Employment Brief for March 2011 summarizes recent developments in the law.

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Federal Circuit Issues En Banc Decision in Marine Polymer

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3/19/2012 - Patent Litigation Alert: Federal Circuit Issues En Banc Decision in Marine Polymer: No Reexamination Intervening Rights Absent Textual Amendment to Claim Language

Prevailing Party: Defendant Awarded Attorney Fees Despite Plaintiff’s Voluntary Dismissal of California Trade Secrets Action

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3/9/2012 - Sixth Appellate District found that a defendant in a trade secrets suit can be deemed a “prevailing party” entitled to attorney fees under California Civil Code § 3426.4 when a plaintiff voluntarily dismisses its lawsuit to avoid an adverse determination

Intellectual Property Bulletin Winter 2012

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3/1/2012 - Fenwick's Intellectual Property Updates for Winter 2012

Antitrust Alert New HSR Thresholds for 2012

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1/26/2012 - The annual adjustment of the dollar thresholds for pre-acquisition filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act will take effect near the end of February

Litigation Alert: Federal Circuit Holds Reasonable Royalty Damages May Exceed Lost Profits, Incorrect Petitions to Make Special Do Not Meet the Therasense 'Affirmative Egregious Misconduct

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11/16/2011 - On Monday, November 14, 2011, the Federal Circuit in Powell v. The Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. made two significant rulings regarding patent damages and inequitable conduct.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Fall 2011

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

Intellectual Property Bulletin Summer 2011

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8/9/2011 - Fenwick's Intellectual Property Updates for Summer 2011

Fenwick & West Employment Brief Special Bulletin - June 2011

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6/23/2011 - This Fenwick Employment Brief Special Bulletin for June 2011 summarizes recent developments in the law

Patent Alert: Federal Circuit's Therasense Decision Toughens Standards for Establishing Inequitable Conduct

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5/26/2011 - Responding to views from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (

Intellectual Property Bulletin Spring 2011

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5/5/2011 - Fenwick's Intellectual Property Updates for Spring 2011