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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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Eric Ball

Partner, Litigation  

Mountain View 650.335.7635

Overview

Eric Ball focuses his practice on trademark litigation and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board disputes. He also has substantial experience in trade secret, copyright and complex commercial litigation matters.

In trademark matters, Eric has successfully defended and prosecuted multiple trademark litigations and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings with a particular emphasis on priority disputes and matters asserting reverse confusion. Eric also has significant international trademark experience including in the EU and key Asian and Latin American markets. With this experience he has successfully defended multiple gaming and social media companies—both startups and established companies—in international trademark disputes allowing for their international expansion.

Eric has been quoted and published in leading national and legal publications including Law360, Bloomberg BNA, The Daily Journal and Corporate Counsel. Eric has also presented on trademark and legal ethics to organizations like Today’s General Counsel, Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association and the Bar Association of San Francisco. Eric was recently recognized in Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list of valley professionals.

Representative Experience:

  • Won multiple precedential decisions in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board:
    • A summary judgment decision dismissing fraud and false connection claims.
    • ​A summary judgment decision rejecting claim preclusion.
  • Represented Google before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, where he won on summary judgment with the Board refusing registration of the "FUNTOOGLE" mark.
  • Won a permanent injunction and the transfer of twenty-five domain names against a telecommunications company because of their trademark and ACPA infringement spanning three continents.
  • Won a summary judgment and an injunction finding a likelihood of confusion against the other side even though the client was originally accused of being the infringer.
  • Won a summary judgment on trade secret claims against a social media company where the plaintiff alleged ownership of the client’s social networking concept.
  • Won a motion to dismiss rejecting multiple common law tort claims and a B&P 17200 claim in an ownership dispute over IP rights. 
  • Successfully defended, pro bono, a girl-empowerment company against right of publicity and trademark infringement claims, allowing the company to continue to pursue its mission under the same trademark.
  • Successfully defended, pro bono, the nation’s first gender-neutral Frarority against trademark infringement and unfair competition claims.
  • Successfully defended an e-commerce company’s use of its trademark and trade name against a well-funded plaintiff’s claims of trademark infringement and dilution.
  • Extensive experience running trademark enforcement and policing programs, including for Intel Corporation, Twitter, Inc. and The American Legion.