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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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Patent Alert: Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects Bilski Patent Application but Narrowly Upholds Business Method Patents

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6/28/2010 - Patent Alert: Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects Bilski Patent Application but Narrowly Upholds Business Method Patents, Written By Fenwick Attorneys in the IP Group.

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.

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.

New Intercompany Debt Rules Shock Multinational Companies

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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: Electronic Discovery is Focus of Pending Federal Rule Changes Approved by U.S. Supreme Court

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4/25/2006 - On April 12, 2006, the United States Supreme Court approved changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that will require early involvement of the court in managing electronic discovery.

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.

U.S. Tax Developments Affecting Financial Institutions and Products

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8/12/2014 - Recent months have seen significant IRS and judicial developments affecting financial institutions and market participants, including new FATCA changes and proposed regulations on dividend equivalent payments under section 871(m).

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Second Quarter 2014

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8/11/2014 - We analyzed the terms of 174 venture financings closed in the second quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley.

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US Perspectives: US Cracking Down on Software Patents

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10/1/2014 - Fenwick & West patent partner Robert Sachs was prominently featured in an Intellectual Property Watch article regarding a recent crackdown by U.S. courts and the USPTO on software patents after Alice Corp v. CLS Bank.

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.

Fenwick Employment Brief - August 2014

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8/14/2014 - Articles on current issues in employment law including partial-day leave deductions, joint employer risk and PAGA.

U.S. Tax Developments Affecting Financial Institutions and Products

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8/12/2014 - Recent months have seen significant IRS and judicial developments affecting financial institutions and market participants, including new FATCA changes and proposed regulations on dividend equivalent payments under section 871(m).

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.

Privacy and Information Security Alert: Federal Trade Commission Recommendations for Companies Providing Mobile Shopping Applications

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8/11/2014 - On August 1, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report entitled What’s the Deal? An FTC Study on Mobile Shopping Apps (the FTC Report). The FTC Report is based on a study the FTC conducted to better understand the consumer shopping apps.

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Second Quarter 2014

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8/11/2014 - We analyzed the terms of 174 venture financings closed in the second quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley.

Could Offensive Trademarks Find Refuge in Common Law?

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6/27/2014 - The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) in Blackhorse v. Pro-Football Inc. cancels the controversial REDSKINS mark as disparaging to Native Americans.

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

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

Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Redefines the Standard for Indefiniteness in Patent Cases

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6/3/2014 - Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit and redefined the standard for indefiniteness under Section 112.