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

Rajiv P. Patel

Chair, Patent

Partner, Intellectual Property  

Mountain View 650.335.7607


Rajiv Patel chairs the firm’s Patent Group. With clients, he also often serves in the role of defacto in-house patent counsel. In this role he helps companies develop and manage patent strategy, portfolio development, and patent prosecution. He also guides them in patent transaction and patent pre-litigation counseling and strategy. Further in this role he has helped companies strategically manage their patent budgets. Rajiv also has served as a temporary in-house patent counsel for a Fortune-500 electronics company where he oversaw their 1000+ asset patent portfolio, while managing outside counsel and annual budget.

Rajiv’s areas of expertise include complex software that include data analytics, financial transactions, image processing, and networked security. He also has experience with electrics, and semiconductors, consumer electronics, mechanical technologies, and medical software and devices.

Rajiv also is active with advising companies on patent disputes. He has led numerous ex parte and inter parte reexaminations, as well as inter parte review (IPR) proceedings representing third-parties and patent owners. Rajiv also has worked on district court patent litigation matters, including advising on Patent Office / District Court cross forum strategies. Amongst his experiences has been defense of Amazon’s one-click patent in reexamination.

Rajiv was a former Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and is a program chair for Practising Law Institute patent programs such as Advanced Patent Prosecution Seminar and Post Grant Proceedings Seminar.

Rajiv has been recognized as a Northern California "Super Lawyer" in the area of Intellectual Property each year since 2006. Intellectual Asset Management magazine named him to the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. The Daily Journal has named Rajiv as one of the "Top Intellectual Property Attorneys" in California.

In his spare time Rajiv enjoys the hiking, backpacking, and camping with his family. He also follows his favorite childhood sports teams – New York Giants, New York Mets, and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights as well as his kids’ favorite teams – San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks and Golden State Warriors.

Representative Experience:

Patent Strategy and Portfolio Development

  • Served as in-house patent counsel role for large electronics industry company; managed portfolio and budget and directed outside counsel.
  • Created patent strategy and developing patent portfolio for $500 million plus product line for a peripherals company.
  • Restructured existing portfolio of 100-plus patents for a devices company to align patent portfolio with re-directed business strategy.
  • Created patent strategy and advised on patent portfolio for on-line auction company. Patent portfolio sold for over $750,000.
  • Sample Patents (Electrical / Electronics):
    • U.S. Patent No. 7,058,907 Reduction of Cross-Talk Noise in VLSI Circuits
    • U.S. Patent No. 6,246,294 Supply Noise Immunity Low-Jitter Voltage-Controlled Oscillator Design
    • U.S. Patent No. 6,052,033 Radio Frequency Amplifier System and Method
    • U.S. Patent No. 5,991,296 Crossbar Switch with Reduced Voltage Swing and No Internal Blocking Path
    • U.S. Patent No. 5,948,083 System and Method for Self-Adjusting Data Strobe
  • Sample Patents (Consumer / Mechanical Products):
    • U.S. Patent No. 6,813,372 Motion and Audio Detection Based Webcamming and Bandwidth Control
    • U.S. Patent No. 6,246,016 Optical Detection System, Device, and Method Utilizing Optical Matching
    • U.S. Patent No. 5,835,852 Integrated Electronic Communication Device and Clip
  • Sample Patents (Computer Architecture / Software):
    • U.S. Patent No. 6,389,405 Processing System for Identifying Relationships Between Concepts
    • U.S. Patent No. 6,275,622 Image Rotation System
    • U.S. Patent No. 6,055,629 Predicting Branch Instructions in a Bunch Based on History Register Updated Once
    • U.S. Patent No. 5,995,955 System and Method for Expert System Analysis Using Quiescent and Parallel Reasoning and Set Structured Knowledge Representation

Patent IP Transactions (Representative Matters)

  • Led intellectual property audit for Fortune 500 communication company’s intellectual property in wireless technology and advised on intellectual property issues in context of tax framework.
  • Led intellectual property audit for electronic gaming company and developed intellectual property management structure for company.
  • Conducted numerous intellectual property due diligence projects for high-technology investments by venture capital companies and for targets and acquirers in merger and acquisition matters.

Patent Litigation (Representative Cases)

  • Nomadix v. Hewlett-Packard Company et al. - patent litigation involving Internet protocol network redirection
  • and GoodContacts Ltd. v. Plaxo, Inc. - patent litigation involving social media and contact management technology
  • Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Speedera Networks, Inc. - patent litigation involving Internet content delivery services
  • Planet Bingo, LLC v. GameTech International, Inc. - patent litigation involving casino style games on electronic devices
  • GameTech International, Inc. v. Bettina Corporation - patent litigation involving electronic gaming
  • SanDisk Corporation v. Lexar Media, Inc. - patent litigation involving flash memory consumer products.
  • ICTV, Inc. v. Worldgate Communications, Inc. - advised on patent litigation strategy in interactive television market
  • District Court Litigation and Patent Office Litigation crossover matters – advised on and led ex parte and inter partes reexamination and inter partes review proceedings in litigation context; led Amazon 1-click patent reexamination defense

Teaching Experience

  • Program Co-Chair; ITechLaw India Conference 2009-2012
  • Program Chair; Practising Law Institute course on "Advanced Patent Prosecution"
  • Program Chair; Practising Law Institute course on "Reexamination and Patent Litigation Crossover Proceedings"
  • Faculty Member; Practising Law Institute courses on "Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution," and "Patent Law for the Non-Specialist"
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at University of California, Hastings College of the Law


  • "Eighteen Months Later: How Bilski has Impacted Process Patents," 2011
  • "Seven Sins – IP Mistakes Technology Start Ups Should Avoid," 2010
  • "Developing a Patent Strategy - A Checklist for Getting Started," 2003-2008
  • "International Patent Strategy,", 2006-2007
  • "An Introduction to U.S. Patent Prosecution," Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution, Practising Law Institute, 2005-2008
  • "Challenging (or Strengthening) Patents in the U.S. Using Patent Reexamination," ITechLaw Association Asian Conference, Mumbai, India, 2008
  • "Patent Reexamination and the Crossover with Litigation," Practising Law Institute, 2007-2008
  • "Software Escrows as Part of an Intellectual Property Strategy," ITechLaw Association First Asian Conference, Bangalore, India, 2005
  • "Underutilized Patent Reexaminations Can Improve Business Strategy," Daily Journal, Vol. 110, No. 75, April 19, 2004
  • "Software Outsourcing Offshore – Business and Legal Issues Checklist," SHG Software 2004 Conference, 2004
  • A Strategic Look at the Final Rejection," Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop, Practising Law Institute, 2003-2006
  • "The Intellectual Property Audit," Building and Enforcing Intellectual Property Value, An International Guide for the Boardroom 2003, Published by Globe White Page 2002
  • "Patent Portfolio Strategy for Start-Up Companies: A Primer," Patent Strategy and Management, Vol. 3, No. 7, Nov. 2002
  • "Potent Portfolio," Daily Journal, Vol. 106, No. 244, Dec. 15, 2000
  • "Own Idea," Daily Journal, Vol. 105, No. 10, Jan. 15, 1999
  • "Disclose Lite," Daily Journal, Vol. 103, No. 55, Mar. 21, 1997

Organization and Community Participation

  • Board Advisor, University of New Hampshire School of Law
  • Life Member, South Asian Bar Association
  • Board Member (past), ITechLaw Association