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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Joseph S. Belichick

Associate, Litigation  

Mountain View 650.335.7118


Joseph Belichick focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, complex commercial litigation, and antitrust. He has represented companies in matters involving copyright and trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation, patent infringement, contract and tort claims, as well as unfair competition and antitrust.

Joseph has extensive pre-litigation counseling, case management, and trial experience.

Representative Experience:

  • Perfect 10 v. Giganews, et al.: Represented Giganews in the Central District of California in a high-profile copyright infringement case, prevailing on summary judgment on both direct and indirect copyright infringement, and fees and costs award of over $5.6 million.
  • The Clorox Company v. AlEn USA: Represented AlEn in a trademark and unfair competition dispute in the ITC and federal courts that resulted in a global settlement of claims.
  • San Bernabe Vineyards v. Pacific Gas and Electric Company, et al.: Represented San Bernabe Vineyards (part of Delicato Family Vineyards) in a tort action involving damages in the millions to SBV’s grape vines. After establishing the entitlement to monetary discovery sanctions against PG&E and thwarting a last-minute attempt to continue the trial date, SBV reached a successful settlement.
  • Innospan v. Intuit Inc., et al.:  Represented Intuit Inc. and Mint Software Inc. in the Northern District of California in a dispute involving trademark and copyright infringement, successfully opposing plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction and attempt to expand the litigation to sue current and former employees of Intuit for vicarious trademark and copyright liability. After establishing that plaintiff had engaged in serious discovery noncompliance and misconduct, the court ordered a forensic collection and production of documents, and imposed witness preclusion sanctions and significant monetary sanctions (one of the highest awards in recent California history). The court later dismissed the action for plaintiff’s failure to pay sanctions and other violations of court orders, which the Ninth Circuit affirmed on appeal.
  • Actuate Corporation v. International Business Machines Corporation, et al.: Represented Actuate in the Northern District of California in a dispute involving breach of license, fraud, and copyright claims against IBM in connection with IBM's unauthorized distribution of Actuate's software. 
  • ActivIdentity v. Intercede: Represented Intercede in this patent litigation matter in the Northern District of California involving smart card technology, bringing counterclaims for fraud, unfair competition, and antitrust violations in connection with a technology standards body.  After coordinating an innovative "second front" declaratory judgment action in the UK, which exposed Plaintiff to payment of Intercedes attorneys fees, the matter settled.

Furthermore, Joseph represented Asyst Technologies in trial in the patent lawsuit Asyst Technologies v. Empak, where the jury found Asyst’s patent valid and infringed, and awarded Asyst $74.7 million in damages for lost sales and price erosion.

Joseph was also significantly involved in the district court and court of appeals phases of Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. PSKS, Inc., Leegin’s successful effort to overturn the long-standing per se rule against vertical price agreements, which the U.S. Supreme Court decided in 2007 -- 551 U.S. 877 (2007).

Joseph worked at Synopsys, Inc. on secondment, handling a variety of IP and general litigation matters.

In addition, Joseph spent a one year on secondment in London with the IP Litigation Group at Allen & Overy LLP, a leading global law firm with whom Fenwick & West has a strategic relationship. Working with Allen & Overy’s attorneys and clients throughout the world, Joseph gained substantial experience regarding intellectual property and litigation matters in the United Kingdom and Europe, including the following:

  • Represented Assa Abloy AB and Aontec Teoranta in a patent dispute against Smartrac N.V. involving infringement and nullity actions in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, as well as an action in Delaware where Smartrac sought an order enjoining all of the invalidity actions based on assignor estoppel under U.S. law. Assa Abloy and Aontec successfully fought Smartrac’s motion to stay the UK patent action based on the U.S. action and estoppel arguments, and the parties reached a global settlement of all litigation.
  • Represented Nexon, an online game developer, in a world-wide IP rights enforcement action against infringers who set up and played infringing versions of Nexon’s massive multiplayer online role-playing game on free servers.
  • Advised a European company on the risks of U.S. litigation arising out of a former business relationship and a plan to directly sell products into the U.S. market, including possible contract, tort and intellectual property claims.
  • Represented an international company in connection with the acquisition of IP rights, analysis of competitors’ IP rights and advice regarding licensing relationships.
  • Advised an international company in connection with a UK government agency recommendation regarding advertising claims.