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 >

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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Mountain View, CA 94041

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Jason Amsel

Associate, Intellectual Property  

Mountain View 650.335.7692


Jason Amsel focuses his practice on domestic and international patent prosecution, portfolio management and counseling for clients in a wide range of technical fields including, analog and digital electronics, power converters, wireless communications, optical communication systems, semiconductors, robotics, image/video processing, audio processing, consumer electronics, networking devices, mobile applications, encryption and digital rights management, electronic content delivery, and computer software. Jason’s clients range from very early startups to Fortune 500 companies.

His practice also involves intellectual property counseling, patent infringement and clearance analysis. Jason has extensive experience with patent litigation support and post-grant proceedings, such as inter partes review proceedings (“IPRs”) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Additionally, he performs patent due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, and strategic investments.

Key highlights from Jason’s practice include:

  • Represented GoPro in patent matters since its inception, including prosecuting its first patent application family that launched its billion dollar empire
  • Performed the Intellectual Property due diligence in connection with GoPro’s IPO
  • Represented Silver Peak Systems, Inc. in defending patent in inter partes review proceeding, only 2nd time PTAB has ruled in favor of Patent Owner when amending claims in IPR proceeding
  • Represented Honda in drafting and prosecuting U.S. Patent # 8,880,221, named #1 in top 10 patents for 2014​ 

Jason joined Fenwick & West as a patent agent in 2006 and became an associate in 2011. Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Jason worked as an engineer at Sandia National Laboratories.