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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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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.

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 Employment Brief - June 9, 2010

Publication

6/9/2010 - This Fenwick Employment Brief for June 2010 summarizes recent developments in the law.

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 Employment Brief - June 22, 2005

Publication

6/22/2005 - Employer's Use of 'Personality' Test Violated ADA/ Decision Highlights Risk of Using E-Mail to Distribute Important Personnel Policies/ Ninth Circuit Will Reconsider Casino's Requirement that Women Bartenders Wear Makeup

Fenwick and West's Digital Health Practice

Industry

4/8/2016 - 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.

Corporate and Securities Alert: New HSR Thresholds for 2008

Publication

1/18/2008 - The dollar thresholds for pre-acquisition filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act will increase at the end of February (exact date still pending), due to an annual adjustment mechanism that was created in the last round of amendments to the HSR Act.

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.

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Fenwick Employment Brief - April 2014

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4/21/2014 - Fenwick Employment Brief - April 2014, Covering the latest developments in employment and labor law.

Litigation Alert: Supreme Court’s Lexmark Decision Creates Uniform Federal False Advertising Standing Requirement

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3/27/2014 - Supreme Court’s Lexmark Decision Creates Uniform Federal False Advertising Standing Requirement, Widening the Door for Claims in the Ninth Circuit; It Also Suggests a New Approach to Determining Standing Requirements Under Other Federal Statutes.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Winter 2014

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2/24/2014 - Covering Fair Use, Post-Grant Review of Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks.

Viewpoint: Supreme Court Should Set Objective Test for Software Patents

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2/21/2014 - Is software patentable? Computers and software are everywhere in our daily lives; we rely on software inventions in our homes, our workplaces, our automobiles and our schools.

Publicity rights vs. the First Amendment

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2/19/2014 - Publicity Rights vs First Amendment Rights in advertsising referring to actual people living or dead.

Fenwick Employment Brief - February 2014

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2/18/2014 - Fenwick Employment Brief - February 2014. Covering recent legal developments in employment and labor law.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Rules There Is No Cause of Action for “Contributory Cybersquatting”

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12/24/2013 - The Ninth Circuit ruled that the 1999 Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, does not provide a cause of action for contributory cybersquatting.

Abstract Idea or Real World Software Solution?

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12/18/2013 - U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in CLS Bank Intl. v. Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd., to address the patent eligibility of computer implemented inventions.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Summer 2013

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9/25/2013 - Intellectual Property Bulletin Summer 2013