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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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Why Flash is the Future of Storage in Data Centers

News

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 Alert: Supreme Court Rules Against Broadly Claimed Software Patents, But Offers No Clear Test for Abstract Ideas

Publication

6/20/2014 - Supreme Court Rules Against Broadly Claimed Software Patents, But Offers No Clear Test for Abstract Ideas.

Fed Circ Reversal Of Alice Order Gives Patent Owners Hope

News

5/12/2016 - In Enfish LLC v. Microsoft Corp., the Federal Circuit ruled that a judge who found that two database patents covered only abstract ideas had inappropriately oversimplified the patents. Bob Sachs spoke with Law360 about this significant ruling.

Semiconductors

Industry

3/28/2017 - Our Semiconductors Practice has represented some of Silicon Valley’s most successful semiconductor companies. Our clients represent all sectors of the industry, from EDA developers to fables chip makers and test equipment producers.

Fenwick Represents Boom Technology in $33 Million in Series A Financing

Experience

3/23/2017 - Fenwick & West represented Boom Technology, Inc., a Denver-based airplane manufacturer aiming to bring back supersonic speeds to business travel for a fraction of the cost, in its $33 million Series A financing.

Supreme Court Bilski Hearing: Potential Danger for Software Firms

News

11/10/2009 - Stuart Meyer, partner in the Intellectual Property and Litigation Groups of Fenwick & West LLP, was quoted exclusively in the bNet article

Fenwick Partner Comments on Decision to Hear Trading Case

News

1/19/2016 - Fenwick partner Mike Dicke spoke with Law360 about the significance of the Supreme Court’s decision to hear insider trading case Salman v. U.S.

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Already on an IPO high, biotech looks for a sequel to the JOBS Act

News

5/2/2014 - Fenwick corporate partner Matthew Rossiter was quoted by the San Francisco Business Times about the impact of the federal Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act on initial public offerings in the biotech industry.

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Vikram Iyengar, Ph.D.

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Fenwick Representation of Cepheid in $4B Acquisition by Danaher Covered Nationally

News

9/6/2016 - Fenwick’s representation of Cepheid, a leading molecular diagnostics company, in its $4B acquisition by Danaher Corporation was covered by Fortune, Reuters, CNBC, Law360 and The American Lawyer (subscriptions may be required).

Litigation Alert: The Ninth Circuit Leaves Pirate Joe’s Saying “Shiver Me Timbers!”

Publication

8/30/2016 - Late last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit determined a court had jurisdiction to decide a trademark lawsuit filed by a U.S. grocery store against a Canadian reseller where the products at issue were only sold in Canada.

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2016

Publication

8/18/2016 - Fenwick & West Intellectual Property Bulletin. Covering current legal issues in patent, copyright and intellectual property law.

Litigation Alert: FTC Holds That Disclosure of Sensitive Medical Information Due to Lax Security Violates the FTC Act

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8/2/2016 - FTC held in In the Matter of LabMD, Inc. that a company’s failure to implement reasonable security measures to protect sensitive consumer information on its network constituted an unfair business practice in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act.

New Intercompany Debt Rules Shock Multinational Companies

Publication

6/28/2016 - On April 4, 2016, the United States Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued proposed regulations under § 385 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”).

Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Expands Discretion to Award Enhanced Damages for Patent Infringement and Eliminates the Federal Circuit's “Seagate Test”

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6/15/2016 - Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., the United States Supreme Court changed the law regarding when enhanced damages should be awarded in patent infringement cases, by eliminating the two-part test.

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2016

Publication

5/18/2016 - Fenwick & West Intellectual Property Bulletin. Covering current legal issues in patent, copyright and intellectual property law.

Fed Circ Reversal Of Alice Order Gives Patent Owners Hope

News

5/12/2016 - In Enfish LLC v. Microsoft Corp., the Federal Circuit ruled that a judge who found that two database patents covered only abstract ideas had inappropriately oversimplified the patents. Bob Sachs spoke with Law360 about this significant ruling.

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

Publication

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.