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


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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Bryan A. Kohm

Partner, Litigation  

San Francisco 415.875.2404



Bryan Kohm practices intellectual property litigation, with a focus on representing high technology and life science companies in patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation disputes. Bryan has experience in a wide variety of venues throughout the country, including federal and state courts, the International Trade Commission, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Bryan has been recognized as a "Rising Star" in the area of IP Litigation by Northern California Super Lawyers in 2013 and 2014. He was recently appointed co-chair of the ABA’s Committee on Intellectual Property Litigation.

His representative matters include:

  • Riverbed Technology, Inc. v. Silver Peak Systems, Inc. – Bryan served as second chair for Silver Peak in a jury trial, resulting in a verdict of infringement by Riverbed of two of Silver Peak’s patents. The case began when Riverbed filed a complaint against competitor Silver Peak, asserting infringement of a number of its patents. Silver Peak counterclaimed with its own patents. After successfully staying Riverbed’s claims pending reexamination, Bryan assisted Silver Peak in turning the tables on Riverbed by obtaining a summary judgment of direct infringement of one patent and a jury verdict of indirect infringement of the same patent, as well as of direct and indirect infringement of a second patent.
  • Rothschild Location Technologies, LLC v. Webtech Wireless, Inc. – Represented Webtech Wireless in claims brought by a prolific non-practicing entity alleging infringement by Webtech Wireless’s fleet tracking system. Bryan obtained a dismissal without any compensation being paid prior to discovery.
  • In the Matter of Certain Biometric Scanning Devices – Bryan served as trial counsel in the defense of a Korean manufacturer of fingerprint detection devices in an investigation pending before the International Trade Commission. The matter is widely recognized for raising novel issues relating to the scope of the ITC’s authority to issue exclusion orders where the underlying violation was based on a finding of induced infringement. The issue was eventually decided by a 6-4 vote of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit sitting en banc.
  • In the Matter of Certain Laundry and Household Cleaning Products and Related Packaging – Represented Industrias AlEn, S.A. C.V. and AlEn USA, LLC in an ITC investigation brought by Clorox involving claims of trademark infringement and dilution. The matter settled on favorable terms, resulting in AlEn’s continued ability to import its cleaning products including the disputed Pinol branded laundry products.
  • The Laryngeal Mask Company Ltd. et al. v. Ambu A/S et al. – Bryan represented Ambu, a leading manufacturer of medical devices, in a patent infringement action brought by a competitor. Bryan assisted Ambu in obtaining summary judgment of non-infringement and invalidity.
  • St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. et al. – Bryan assisted Hewlett-Packard Company obtain summary judgment of non-infringement in a patent infringement action filed by St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants relating to digital cameras.
  • Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. v. Dental Imaging Technologies Corp. – Bryan represented Dental Imaging Technologies in the defense of patent infringement claims by its competitor Sirona Dental Systems and the California Institute of Technology directed to dental radiography sensors. The matter was successfully resolved prior to trial.
  • In re Papst Licensing GMBH & CO. KG – Bryan represents Hewlett-Packard Company in a patent action filed by Papst Licensing relating to digital cameras.
  • Select Notifications Media, LLC v. OpenDNS, Inc. – Bryan represented OpenDNS in a patent infringement action filed by Select Notifications Media relating to software for redirecting failed domain lookup traffic. The matter resolved very favorably for OpenDNS following a Markman hearing.
  • BrandPort, Inc. v. Virgin Mobile USA, LLC – Bryan assisted Virgin Mobile in obtaining a complete defense victory in a trade secret action. BrandPort filed suit alleging that Virgin Mobile misappropriated 55 of its trade secrets disclosed in a request for proposal process.
  • HBAC Matchmaker Media, Inc. v. Ustream, Inc. – Bryan represented Ustream in a patent infringement action filed by HBAC Matchmaker Media relating to targeting of video advertisements. Bryan negotiated a dismissal without prejudice in favor of Ustream without any compensation being provided to HBAC Matchmaker Media.

During law school, Bryan served as an editor for the Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal.