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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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Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2012

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6/15/2012 - This Fenwick Employment Brief for June 2012 summarizes recent developments in the law.

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

Protect Domestic Industry, Not Private Interests

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9/4/2013 - The International Trade Commission now stands as the favored venue for companies, domestic and foreign alike, to obtain injunctions while avoiding the requirements imposed by eBay v. MercExchange, 547 U.S. 388 (2006) .

Litigation Alert: California Court Enforces Liquidated Damages in Standardized Form Contracts for Consumer Services

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1/27/2006 - On January 20, 2006, a California Court of Appeal found enforceable the liquidated damages provisions for late fees in standardized form contracts for consumer services.

Litigation Alert: A Good-Faith Belief of Patent Invalidity Is Not a Defense to Inducement of Infringement

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6/5/2015 - Six justices of the Supreme Court agreed that an accused indirect infringer’s good faith belief in invalidity of a patent “will not negate the scienter required under §271(b).” Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Sys., Inc., No. 13-896, Slip Op. at 13 (Kenned

Good Bad and Uncertainty of New Patent Guidelines

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12/16/2014 - ​Fenwick & West patent partner Robert Sachs was quoted extensively in a Scrip Intelligence article discussing new guidance for judging patent claim eligibility released by the U.S. Patent and Trade Office on December 15, 2014.

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.

Court Strikes Down IRS Tax Return Preparer Regulations

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1/22/2013 - In Loving v. IRS, Civ. A. No. 12-385 (D.D.C. 2013), the District Court for the District of Columbia struck down the IRS’s 2011 tax return preparer regulations (T.D. 9527, 2011-2 C.B. 1 (Jun. 3, 2011)).

Patent Alert: Federal Circuit's Therasense Decision Toughens Standards for Establishing Inequitable Conduct

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5/26/2011 - Responding to views from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (

Fenwick Employment Brief - December 10, 2007

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12/10/2007 - In Mokler v. County of Orange, a California Court of Appeal held there was sufficient evidence to support a plaintiff's retaliatory dismissal claim, but rejected her sexual harassment claim as not being sufficiently severe or pervasive.

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8th Annual IP and Technology Litigation Group MCLE Event

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Date: 1/31/2013

Location: Fenwick & West LLP

Court Strikes Down IRS Tax Return Preparer Regulations

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1/22/2013 - In Loving v. IRS, Civ. A. No. 12-385 (D.D.C. 2013), the District Court for the District of Columbia struck down the IRS’s 2011 tax return preparer regulations (T.D. 9527, 2011-2 C.B. 1 (Jun. 3, 2011)).

Antitrust Alert: New HSR Thresholds for 2013

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1/15/2013 - Effective December 30, 2012, California employers are subject to the new administrative regulations governing disabilities — including those related to pregnancy — that were issued by the Fair Employment and Housing Commission.

Just Moot It Supreme Court in Already v Nike Clarifies When a Covenant Not to Sue Can Kill a Declaratory Judgment

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1/14/2013 - Just Moot It: Supreme Court in Already v. Nike Clarifies when a Covenant Not to Sue Can Kill a Declaratory Judgment Case. In 2007, the Supreme Court in MedImmune v. Genentech broadened the scope of declaratory judgment jurisdiction.

Worst Case Scenarios for Alleged Copyright Infringers

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1/4/2013 - Fenwick's Andrew Bridges discusses two cautionary tales in which copyright holders used the Copyright Act to sue for a massive windfall of statutory damages.

Executive Compensation and Corporate and Securities Alert: UPDATED NYSE and Nasdaq Propose Rules Relating to Compensation

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12/20/2012 - The Nasdaq has just issued an amendment to the Nasdaq Proposed Rules, as filed with the SEC on December 12, 2012.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Fall 2012

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12/19/2012 - Fenwick's Intellectual Property Updates for Fall 2012

Fenwick Employment Brief - December 2012

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12/18/2012 - This Fenwick Employment Brief for December 2012 summarizes recent developments in the law.

Fenwick Wins Two M&A Deal of the Year Awards from Global M&A Network

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10/24/2012 - Fenwick & West was honored by Global M&A Network for 2012 Deal of the Year in two categories at the organization’s annual M&A Atlas Awards gala at the New York Marriot Marquis on October 24 from among the more than 600 submissions received.