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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 >

FLEX by Fenwick is the only service created by an AmLaw 100 firm that provides flexible and cost-effective solutions for interim in-house legal needs to high-growth companies.  MORE >

Fenwick & West handles significant cross-border legal and business issues for a wide range of technology and life sciences who operate internationally..  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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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.

Litigation Alert: A Good-Faith Belief of Patent Invalidity Is Not a Defense to Inducement of Infringement

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6/5/2015 - Six justices of the Supreme Court agreed that an accused indirect infringer’s good faith belief in invalidity of a patent “will not negate the scienter required under §271(b).” Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Sys., Inc., No. 13-896, Slip Op. at 13 (Kenned

Privacy Litigation Alert: California Court Dismisses Attorney Generals Mobile App Privacy Suit Against Delta

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5/14/2013 - A California Superior Court judge has dismissed with prejudice a privacy suit brought by California Attorney General Kamala Harris against Delta Airlines.

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 (

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 - 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.

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

Could Offensive Trademarks Find Refuge in Common Law?

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6/27/2014 - The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) in Blackhorse v. Pro-Football Inc. cancels the controversial REDSKINS mark as disparaging to Native Americans.

Court Strikes Down IRS Tax Return Preparer Regulations

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1/22/2013 - In Loving v. IRS, Civ. A. No. 12-385 (D.D.C. 2013), the District Court for the District of Columbia struck down the IRS’s 2011 tax return preparer regulations (T.D. 9527, 2011-2 C.B. 1 (Jun. 3, 2011)).

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.

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No Glitz, No Glamour

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8/29/2012 - Fenwick & West was featured and chief information officer, Matt Kesner, was quoted in an article from The American Lawyer titled “No Glitz, No Glamour.”

Intellectual Property Bulletin Summer 2012

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

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.

Threading the Needle Between Divided Infringement Issues and Patentable Subject Matter

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6/15/2012 - Personalized medicine is an emerging approach to medical practice that carries the promise of effective, individualized treatment

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2012

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6/15/2012 - This Fenwick Employment Brief for June 2012 summarizes recent developments in the law.

Fenwick Employment Brief May 2012

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5/11/2012 - This Fenwick Employment Brief for May 2012 summarizes recent developments in the law.

Patent Litigation Alert: Federal Circuit Clarifies Standard for Joinder of Multiple Defendants in Patent Infringement Cases

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5/8/2012 - On May 4, 2012, a Federal Circuit panel decided the circumstances when a plaintiff may join multiple defendants with unrelated products in a patent infringement suit.

Copyright Alert: Viacom v. YouTube/Google Second Circuit Reinstates Viacom’s Copyright Lawsuit, But Largely Affirms Pro-Online Service Provider Holdings

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4/6/2012 - The Second Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday set aside a 2010 federal district court decision that had granted summary judgment to YouTube and Google, based on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s safe harbor for storage at the direction of users

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.

Life Sciences Alert: Supreme Court Issues Groundbreaking Decision Limiting the Types of Methods that are Eligible for Patenting

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3/20/2012 - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision holding that method claims for applying a law of nature using merely conventional steps are not eligible for patent protection