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
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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

Anthony Jacobson

Associate, Intellectual Property  

Mountain View 650.335.7158


Toney Jacobson is a patent attorney who specializes in enabling rapid client growth and success. Toney develops custom, proactive IP strategies to address the specific needs of and challenges facing his clients, which range from early stage startups to Fortune 500 companies. His practice further involves counseling clients in IP protection and enforcement matters, developing internal patent programs for companies that minimize the amount of time required from inventors and in-house portfolio managers, and growing/maintaining portfolios ranging from fewer than five patent assets to more than a thousand.

Notable aspects of Toney’s practice:

  • His background as a chip designer, control systems engineer, and mathematician position him to obtain broad and comprehensive protection on behalf of his clients for innovations at the intersection of hardware and software. Examples include discoveries in consumer devices and electronics, robotics, IoT, medical devices, video game technology, camera hardware, image processing, and data security.
  • Toney works closely with clients to obtain design patents to protect the look and feel of hardware devices and software interfaces as a cost-effective and expedited means to obtain patent protection. Toney has prosecuted over 300 design patent applications in the US, Europe, China, Korea, and other jurisdictions. Further, he facilitates enforcement of design patents outside of the courtroom, for instance by targeting e-commerce and app store conduits to restrict the distribution of infringing products.
  • Toney is involved with various startup incubators, including most recently the Runway Incubator. He has also helped developed IP strategies for multiple Y Combinator companies, and is listed as the top choice for IP attorneys in the Y Combinator hardware user manual.

Toney attended U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and first joined Fenwick in 2008. Before law school, Toney worked as a control systems engineer for Sandia National Labs. Toney has a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from UC Davis, and Bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics from the University of Idaho.​