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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This memorandum explains a number of items that pertain to the issuance of the new patent.

Scope of Patent Protection and Continuing Applications

The scope of protection provided by a patent is determined by its claims. Accordingly, please review the allowed claims and advise us whether you believe these claims accurately and adequately describe the invention and whether you would like to seek additional claim coverage through a continuing application. In addition, please advise us if you wish to pursue any claims that have been withdrawn from consideration in this application after a restriction requirement.

Please note that any continuing applications that claim the benefit of this application must be filed while this application is pending and before it issues as a patent. Because it is impossible to predict precisely when a patent will issue after the issue fee is paid, we recommend filing any new continuing applications before or very soon after payment of the issue fee.

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Our reporting letters and/or correspondence from the USPTO may indicate that your patent application was filed claiming you or your company as a “small entity.” By claiming small entity status, you are entitled to have many of the USPTO fees discounted by 50%. However, improperly claiming small entity status may cause the patent to be unenforceable. Therefore, please contact us immediately if you were incorrectly identified as a small entity.

The following entities generally qualify as a small entity:

  • an individual;
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  • non-profit organizations and universities.

However, these entities do not qualify as a small entity if the invention has been assigned, granted, conveyed, or licensed to a large entity (i.e., an entity that does not qualify as a small entity), or is under obligation under contract or law to assign, grant, convey, or license, any rights in the invention to a large entity.

Please note that your ability to claim small entity status must be reviewed and reassessed upon (1) filing a new application, (2) paying the issue fee for a patent, and (3) paying each of the three patent maintenance fees.

Therefore, please contact us immediately if there are any changes to your small entity status so that we can update your status with the USPTO.

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As we previously advised you, USPTO rules require that everyone involved in the prosecution of a patent application disclose to the USPTO any information that maybe material to the application’s patentability. This duty of disclosure continues until the application issues as a patent. Therefore, please inform us immediately if you have become aware of any new information that pertains to this application so that we can comply with this duty. If you need further information about the duty of disclosure, please contact us.

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The USPTO may require that formal drawings be submitted before issuance of the patent. We will attend as necessary to the preparation and filing of these drawings in advance of the issue fee deadline, unless we received your instructions to the contrary.