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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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Litigation Alert: Ninth Circuit Clarifies Standards For Keyword Advertising Trademark Cases

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3/10/2011 - Jed Wakefield and Marybeth Milionis discuss the ruling in Network Automation, Inc. v. Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc., No. 10-55840, which clarified how courts should approach cases of alleged trademark infringement involving Internet keyword advertising.

Litigation Alert: Northern District of California Rules Online Auction Buyer Must Sue in Seller's Forum

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8/18/2006 - Chief Judge Vaughn Walker ruled in Boschetto v. Hansing (Case No. C-06-1390, order issued July 13, 2006) that a Wisconsin resident's sale of a vehicle on eBay to a California resident did not give rise to personal jurisdiction in California.

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2016

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

Fenwick Employment Brief - September 2015

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

Ninth Circuit Rules on Software Transfers

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9/13/2010 - On September 10, 2010, the Ninth Circuit issued a much-awaited ruling on appeal in Vernor v. Autodesk, addressing whether software purchasers are owners or licensees of the copies of the software in their possession.

Fenwick Employment Brief - January 12, 2010

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1/12/2010 - This Fenwick Employment Brief for January 2010 summarizes recent developments in the law.

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.

Life Sciences Public Offerings Alive in 2015

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2/5/2015 - Fenwick & West securities co-chair Rob Freedman was featured in a Law360 article about 2015 shaping up to be an even stronger year than 2014 for life sciences companies’ public offerings and eager investors buying in.

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.

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.

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Containing Myriad

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8/22/2013 - Patent ineligibility of isolated DNA

Litigation Alert: Ninth Circuit Finds Fair Use of Street Art in Concert Backdrop

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8/12/2013 - Ninth Circuit Finds Fair Use of Street Art in Concert Backdrop

Ninth Circuit Assesses Use of Player Likenesses in Brown v. Electronic Arts, Inc. and In Re NCAA Student-Athlete Name & Likeness

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8/6/2013 - July 31, 2013: Ninth Circuit Assesses Use of Player Likenesses in Brown v. Electronic Arts, Inc. and In Re NCAA Student-Athlete Name & Likeness

Ninth Circuit Opens New Questions in Copyright Law in Denying Fox's Request to Enjoin Dish Network's Ad-Skipping Service

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7/26/2013 - Fox Broadcasting Company v. Dish Network LLC marks the latest effort by content providers to seek redress for business harm arising from ad-skipping technologies.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Spring 2013

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6/20/2013 - Intellectual Property news and updates

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2013

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6/14/2013 - Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2013

Licensing and IP Issues for Mobile and Social Game Developers

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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.

Litigation Alert: Federal Circuit Split on Patent Eligible Subject Matter Analysis

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5/17/2013 - ​Last week, the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, issued a much-anticipated decision in CLS Bank Int'l, et al., v. Alice Corporation Pty, Ltd. involving the test for when computer-related inventions are unpatentable

Privacy Litigation Alert: California Court Dismisses Attorney Generals Mobile App Privacy Suit Against Delta

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5/14/2013 - A California Superior Court judge has dismissed with prejudice a privacy suit brought by California Attorney General Kamala Harris against Delta Airlines.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Winter 2013

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4/5/2013 - Fenwick's Intellectual Property Updates for Winter 2013