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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: 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.

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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.

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,

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 - February 7, 2007

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2/7/2007 - A California court of appeal recently clarified which kinds of conduct will support a hostile work environment harassment claim under California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

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.

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.

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Intellectual Property Bulletin Fall 2011

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

Why Flash is the Future of Storage in Data Centers

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8/23/2011 - Matt Kesner, Chief Information Officer of Fenwick & West, was recently quoted in The New York Times article “Why Flash is the Future of Storage in Data Centers.”

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

Litigation Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Enforces Class Action Waivers in Consumer Arbitration Agreements

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4/28/2011 - On Wednesday April 27, 2011, the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 decision, overturned California's refusal to enforce waivers of class action rights in consumer arbitration agreements, holding that the Federal Arbitration Act (

Fenwick Employment Brief - April 2011

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4/8/2011 - This Fenwick Employment Brief for April 2011 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.

Litigation Alert: Ninth Circuit Clarifies Standards For Keyword Advertising Trademark Cases

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3/10/2011 - Jed Wakefield and Marybeth Milionis discuss the ruling in Network Automation, Inc. v. Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc., No. 10-55840, which clarified how courts should approach cases of alleged trademark infringement involving Internet keyword advertising.