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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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Weekly Employment Brief - August 5, 2002

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8/5/2002 - En Banc Ninth Circuit Expands Availability of 'Mixed-Motive' Test/Requiring Employee to Drive 100 Miles to Work Not an Adverse Action/Harasser's Continued Presence in the Workplace Can Be a Continuing Violation

Weekly Employment Brief - December 16, 2003

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12/16/2003 - California Court Permits Company to Fire Supervisor for Dating Subordinate/Policy Against Rehiring Violators of Workplace Rules Can Be Legitimate Reason to Refuse to Rehire Former Employee Who Resigned After Positive Drug Test

Litigation Alert: Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co., Ltd. (Festo XIII) - Prosecution History Estoppel and the Foreseeability of Equivalents

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7/5/2007 - Federal Circuit issued the latest in a line of decisions addressing the scope of prosecution history estoppel and its limits on the doctrine of equivalents, this time addressing whether an equivalent is foreseeable and thus subject to surrender.

Litigation Alert: Ninth Circuit Assesses Use of Player Likenesses in Video Games

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8/6/2013 - On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, the Ninth Circuit issued two opinions assessing the parameters of use of individual player likenesses in video games in two highly watched cases: Brown v. Electronic Arts, Inc., and In Re NCAA Student-Athlete Name & Likeness

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.

Fenwick Employment Brief - April 14, 2005

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4/14/2005 - U.S. Supreme Court Allows Disparate Impact Theory in Age Discrimination Cases/Employers May Not Require Medical Examination Before Making 'Real' Job Offer

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 - May 12, 2010

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5/12/2010 - Fenwick attorneys discuss Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores and other employment law news

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.

Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Clarifies Copyright Eligibility for Useful Articles

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3/23/2017 - While much of the legal press may be speculating about the future of the Supreme Court’s Chevron test, yesterday the Court considered a very different kind of “chevron”—a design on a cheerleader uniform. In Star Athletica LLC v. Varsity Brands Inc., the S

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Silicon Valley Venture Survey - First Quarter 2014

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5/16/2014 - We analyzed the terms of 156 venture financings closed in the first quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley.

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

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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.

Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Relaxes Standard for Fee Shifting in Patent Cases

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4/30/2014 - In a pair of decisions issued yesterday, the United States Supreme Court unanimously1 lowered the threshold for obtaining attorneys’ fees in patent cases pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 285.

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.