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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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Federal Circuit Rehearing Could Redefine Patent Law

News

10/10/2012 - Robert Sachs is quoted in an article on patent law.

No Glitz, No Glamour

News

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.”

Fenwick Helps Lexar Through Picture-Perfect Stock Offering

News

12/19/2002 - Attorneys in the Palo Alto office of Fenwick & West represented Fremont-based Lexar Media Inc. in a $25.8 million public offering of 4.3 million shares.

Fenwick and West's Digital Health Practice

Industry

3/20/2017 - Fenwick’s digital health clients play a crucial role in the shaping of this industry, which can be examined in part by the Digital Health Industry Map created by Fenwick.

Cleantech

Industry

8/25/2015 - Our Cleantech Practice has a long history of working with companies at the forefront of alternative energy and other cleantech-related technologies. We help clients in all areas of renewable energy – biofuels, chemical, electric, solar and wind.

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).

The Most Significant Employment Law Developments of 2015

Events

Date: 2/4/2016

Location: Fenwick & West LLP

Licensing and IP Issues for Mobile and Social Game Developers

News

6/13/2013 - Copyright group chair Jennifer Stanley and litigator Jennifer Kelly were quoted by IP Strategy on the intellectual property issues that most often arise for game developers.

Patenting Nature and Seattle Biotech

News

4/29/2010 - Andrew T. Serafini, Ph.D., and IP partner in the Life Sciences Group at Fenwick & West LLP, was recently featured on the National Public Radio KUOW segment

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Litigation Alert: Hurt Locker Decision Clarifies Differences in First Amendment Interests and Personal Interests Protected by the Right of Publicity

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2/23/2016 - Litigation Alert: Sarver v. Chartier - 9th Circuit affirms filmmakers’ use of an individual’s story in the film The Hurt Locker is protected by the First Amendment and does not violate alleged subject’s right of publicity.

The Most Significant Employment Law Developments of 2015

Events

Date: 2/4/2016

Location: Fenwick & West LLP

The Most Significant Employment Law Developments of 2015

Events

Date: 1/26/2016

Location: Fenwick & West LLP

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.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Fall 2015

Publication

12/22/2015 - Fenwick & West Intellectual Property Bulletin. Covering current legal issues in patent, copyright and intellectual property law.

Fenwick Employment Brief - December 2015

Publication

12/21/2015 - Fenwick articles on latest employment legislation.

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

Publication

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

Fenwick Employment Brief - September 2015

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9/23/2015 - Fenwick Employment Brief - September 2015

Cleantech

Industry

8/25/2015 - Our Cleantech Practice has a long history of working with companies at the forefront of alternative energy and other cleantech-related technologies. We help clients in all areas of renewable energy – biofuels, chemical, electric, solar and wind.