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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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Intellectual Property Bulletin Fall 2009

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10/6/2009 - Fenwick's Intellectual Property Updates for Fall 2009

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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 May 2012

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

Litigation Alert: 8th Circuit Clarifies Reach of Copyright Act in Preempting Right of Publicity Claims

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3/2/2016 - 8th Circuit affirms summary judgment in favor of NFL on former NFL players’ right of publicity claim, finding the claim to be preempted by the Copyright Act.

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

Litigation Alert: California Court Blocks Subpoenas Aimed at Bloggers' Source of Trade Secret Information

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6/1/2006 - On May 26, 2006, the California Court of Appeals, Sixth District, issued a unanimous decision striking down subpoenas to Internet 'news' sites seeking the source of leaked trade secret information.

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.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Fall 2007

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10/12/2007 - Disclosures to government regulators have always posed risks to trade secrets and other proprietary information.

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.

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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.

Copyright Alert: Perfect 10 v. Google—Key Holdings: Website Framing Does Not Directly Infringe the Public Display Right, Image Search Engine Thumbnails Are Fair Use, and a New Test for Online Contributory Infringement

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5/17/2007 - How fast do things change in 'Internet time'? That was in substance one of the questions posed in yesterday's Ninth Circuit decision in Perfect 10 v. Google.

Litigation Alert: KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc.—Ordinary Innovation is Obvious

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5/1/2007 - On April 30, the Supreme Court in KSR International v. Teleflex, announced that 'the results of ordinary innovation are not the subject of exclusive rights under the patent laws.

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.

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.

Securities Litigation Alert: First Delaware Decisions on Option Grant Dating: Ryan v. Gifford and In re Tyson Foods, Inc. Consol. Shareholder Litig.

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2/12/2007 - In two separate decisions issued on February 6, the Delaware Chancery Court weighed in for the first time on issues directly relating to the current wave of stock option matters.

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).

Litigation Alert: DOJ Revises Policy on Demanding Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege

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12/18/2006 - On December 12, 2006, the Justice Department announced new guidelines for federal prosecutors to follow in charging business organizations.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Fall 2006

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11/20/2006 - The GNU General Public License v2.0 ('the GPL') governs a majority of open source software. The GPL grants recipients the right to copy, distribute and modify covered software provided they do so in a manner consistent with the 'free' nature.

Fenwick Employment Brief - November 6, 2006

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11/6/2006 - On October 10, 2006, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a disabled employee need not prove he was a 'qualified' individual to demonstrate disability discrimination.