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


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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Rajendra Panwar, Ph.D.

Associate, Intellectual Property  

Mountain View 650.335.7107


Rajendra Panwar, whose field is electronics engineering and computer science, assists in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and international patent applications for clients in the software and electronics technology fields.

Rajendra's areas of technical expertise include design, architecture and development of software systems that include database applications, extensions to SQL/database engines, text search and information retrieval, object-oriented modeling tools, programming language design and implementation, and VLSI design tools for electronic design automation.

Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Rajendra was a software engineer for over twelve years with leading technology companies including IBM, Verity (acquired by Autonomy) and emerging Silicon Valley-based startups.

Rajendra is a recognized inventor having been awarded four patents. He is a named inventor on several other patent applications and has had his work published in numerous books, conference proceedings and leading peer-reviewed journals.


  • Robert Hulse, Puneet Sarna & Rajendra Panwar, "Section 102 and the MPEP", Prior Art & Obviousness 2009, Practising Law Institute, No. G-975, 2009
  • “Consideration of Prior Art by Courts Does Not Bar Subsequent Considerations in Reexaminations” Intellectual Property 2008/2009 Winter Bulletin, Fenwick and West LLP.
  • The Propel Distributed Services Platform, Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, pp 671 – 674, 2001.
  • Efficient Compilation of Concurrent Call/Return Communication in Actor-based Programming Languages, Third International Conference on High Performance Computing, pp 62-67, Trivendarum, India, IEEE Computer Society, 1996.
  • Actor Languages for Specification of Parallel Computations, in G. E. Blelloch, K. Mani Chandy and S. Jagannathan (editors), DIMACS Series in Discrete Mathematics and Computer Science, vol. 18, pp 239-258, American Mathematical Society, 1995.
  • A Methodology for Programming Scalable Architectures, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing vol. 22, September 1994.
  • "Geometric Design Rule Check of VLSI Layouts in Mesh Connected Processors,” VLSI Design, Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1994, pp 127-154.
  • Abstraction and Modularity Mechanisms for Concurrent Computing, IEEE Parallel and Distributed Technology, Systems and Applications, vol. 1, no. 2, pp 3-15, IEEE Computer Society, May, 1993. Also published as book chapter in Research Directions in Concurrent Object-Oriented Programming, MIT Press.
  • A Linguistic Framework for Dynamic Composition of Dependability Protocols, Conference on Dependable Computing for Critical Applications (DCCA-3), pp 197-207, International Federation of Information Processing Societies, Palermo (Sicily), Italy, September, 1992.
  • Distributed Execution of Actor Systems,  in D. Gelernter, T. Gross, A. Nicolau, and D. Padua (editors), Languages and Compilers for Parallel Computing, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 589, pp 1-17, Springer-Verlag, 1992.

Co-inventor of Patents

  • Patent No. 5,983,016: Execution engine in an object modeling tool.
  • Patent No. 6,505,211: Method for providing persistence for Java classes where the persistence semantics may be orthogonal to the class definition.
  • Patent No. 6,898,782: Reference-based associations using reference attributes in an object modeling system.
  • Patent No. 6,973,572: Signature hash for checking versions of abstract data types.