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 >

Mountain View Office
Silicon Valley Center
801 California Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

San Francisco Office
555 California Street
12th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

Seattle Office
1191 Second Avenue
10th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101

New York Office
1211 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, NY 10036

Shanghai Office
Unit 908, 9/F, Kerry Parkside Office
No. 1155 Fang Dian Road
Pudong New Area, Shanghai 201204
P.R. China
+86 21 8017 1200

Robert Hulse

Partner, Intellectual Property  

Mountain View 415.875.2444


Robert Hulse focuses his practice on building patent portfolios and prosecuting patent applications in a wide range of technical fields, including electronics, computer software, telecommunications, audio/video media, electromechanical and medical devices, and financial products.

His practice also involves intellectual property counseling, including evaluating risks from third-party patents and assisting in efforts to design around those patents. Serving as an independent expert evaluator for a major patent pool, he has significant experience determining the essentiality of patented technology to a number of standards bodies’ specifications, including 802.11, WiMAX, H.264, and MPEG. Bob has also analyzed intellectual property issues for numerous due diligence and litiga​tion matters.

In addition to providing legal services for his clients, Bob has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, teaching patent drafting and prosecution. He is also a member of the faculty at the Practicing Law Institute and has lectured on topics related to patent law at the University of Washington School of Law, Dalhousie University, and the National University of Singapore.

Industry Accolades:

Published Articles:


  • “Promoting Progress in Social Media: Patentability and Copyrightability Issues”, 29th Annual (ABA) Intellectual Property Law Conference, Arlington, VA, April 4, 2014.
  • "How Bilski Has Impacted Method Patents", Ivy Associates 2010 All Hands Meeting, Santa Clara, CA,
    December 2010
  • "Cutting Through IP Strategies for Medical Devices", Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 2009
  • "Prior Art & Obviousness 2009: The PTO and CAFC Perspective on Patent Law Sections 102 & 103", Practising Law Institute, San Francisco, September 2009
  • "Intellectual Property Primer", Technology Transfer Workshop, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia, August 2009
  • "Technology Assessment and Patent Protection", Technology Commercialization and Development Programme, National University of Singapore Extension, National University of Singapore, Singapore, August 2009
  • "Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2008: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing", Practicing Law Institute, San Francisco, August 2008
  • "Preparing for the New Patent Rules", Utah State Bar, Salt Lake City, Utah, December 10, 2007
  • "Patent Law 2006: The Year Past and the Year Ahead, Fenwick & West, January 19, 2006
  • "Patent Law 2004: Year in Review", Fenwick & West, January 13, 2005
  • "What Any Entrepreneur Should Know About IP, Contracts, and Other Legal Issues", Harvey Mudd College Entrepreneurial Network Bi-Annual Entrepreneur's Conference, April 6, 2002