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About Our Hardware Practice

Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal advice to some of world’s leading hardware companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems and Logitech. Our hardware clients range from emerging innovators to market leaders and represent all sectors of the hardware industry, from computers, printers and handheld devices to routers, storage area networking equipment, game consoles, digital cameras, medical devices, optical components and peripherals.

Our collaborative approach to serving our hardware clients includes attorneys, patent agents, engineers and staff scientists who have a deep understanding of the current business, legal and technical issues facing the hardware industry

The group’s primary services include:

Intellectual Property—We help our clients build powerful, highly valuable portfolios and protect and enforce hardware IP rights globally, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and licenses; our sophisticated IP counseling also supports the firm’s litigation and M&A groups.

Litigation—Our IP litigation practice has an excellent track record of resolving hardware industry disputes, including “bet-the-company” litigation.

Licensing—We have extensive experience negotiating development agreements, OEM agreements, distribution agreements, manufacturing agreements and strategic partnering agreements.

Mergers & Acquisitions—Our integrated M&A deal teams tackle complex corporate, intellectual property, antitrust, benefits and tax issues specific to the hardware industry.

Securities—We work with analysts and regulators who cover the hardware industry, and have expertise in complex and creative financing transactions, including IPOs, convertible debt, high-yield debt, PIPES and shelf offerings.

Tax—We are recognized as one of the top cross-border tax practices in the United States, in both transactions and tax litigation.

What You Can Expect With Fenwick on Your Team

Deep hardware industry intelligence

Many of our attorneys have backgrounds in computer science and electrical engineering that enable us to provide hardware companies with practical and sound representation. This combined legal and technical expertise means we will provide you with advice that is efficient, relevant and in consideration of your unique business environment.

A strategic partner to help you protect your intellectual property at every stage of development

Fenwick has been working with rapidly growing hardware companies at the forefront of innovation for more than four decades. We work diligently to build valuable portfolios and to enforce and defend all of your intellectual property rights.

An unwavering commitment to service

At Fenwick, we pride ourselves on delivering best-in-class legal services in a highly efficient and effective manner to companies of all sizes. Continually ranked as one of the top U.S. law firms for client service, we have numerous mechanisms for receiving and acting on client feedback to improve client service. Whether you are an industry leader or an emerging company, you deserve—and will receive—the same attention to detail, efficiency, cost-containment and personal attention for which we have become known.