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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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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.

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 - 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) .

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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.

Federal Circuit Rehearing Could Redefine Patent Law

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10/10/2012 - Robert Sachs is quoted in an article on patent law.

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

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10/1/2012 - On June 20, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted final rules (“SEC Rules”) to implement Dodd-Frank Act Section 952, requiring national securities exchanges to prohibit the initial or continued listing of any stock of a company that

Dow Chemical Loses U.S. Court Test of R&D Tax Credits

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9/7/2012 - Fenwick partner Michael Solomon was quoted in a Reuters article titled “Dow Chemical loses U.S. court test of R&D tax credits.”

The Battle Rages On: A Report from the Front Line of the Patentable Subject Matter War

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9/1/2012 - Robert Sachs discusses the conflicting approaches the court applies to patentable subject matter for computer-implemented business methods.