Fenwick's commercially savvy intellectual property lawyers partner with companies at all stages of their lifecycle to create, exploit, manage and protect their most valuable intellectual property assets in the context of their key business objectives.

Our IP counseling, transactions and prosecution professionals represent many of the world’s most innovative technology and life sciences companies—from developers of futuristic life-prolonging technologies to those that are investing in the next wave of artificial intelligence, augmented reality, automation and robotics products and tools. We also collaborate closely with our corporate, litigation and tax teams to deliver full-service strategic advice.

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  • Foundational IP Experience

    Founded five decades ago in Silicon Valley, Fenwick has played a lead role in representing technology and life sciences companies in the development and protection of various industry-shaping innovations and technologies, including:

    • Our life sciences patent group has helped file fundamental patents that position our clients at the forefront of COVID-19 treatment development
    • Our licensing group has advised on key partnering and licensing matters in the life sciences industry, including billion-dollar collaboration deals related to antibodies, gene and cell therapies and medical devices, for clients such as Amunix, Dexcom, Calico, Loxo Oncology, Second Genome and Veracyte
    • We prosecuted the first foundational patents for leading technology giants, including GoPro, Facebook, Twitter and Venmo
    • We leverage our deep experience in structuring and negotiating mission-critical commercial agreements, including development, distribution, publishing, celebrity, e-commerce, IT sourcing and strategic transactions for leading games companies, such as Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Niantic, Oculus and Supercell
    • Our trademark team handles U.S. and international portfolio work and brand strategy for many of the largest tech portfolios in the world, including Amazon, Atlassian, DocuSign, Facebook, Fitbit, GoPro, Pandora, PayPal, Twitter and Uber
  • Industry and Technical Strength

    Most of our IP attorneys are former engineers and staff scientists with advanced technical degrees and business or research experience prior to their legal careers. We have represented a host of clients across multiple industries and technologies, including:

    • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
    • Autonomous transportation
    • Blockchain
    • Consumer technologies and products (including wearables), e-commerce and retailers
    • Cybersecurity and big data
    • Digital health
    • Digital media, entertainment and games
    • Fintech
    • Life sciences and biotechnology and investors (investment banks, private equity, venture capital, angel investors)
  • Comprehensive IP Services

    Our IP group counsels clients in all areas of IP law, including:

    • Privacy and cybersecurity
    • Due diligence for life sciences companies
    • Domestic and international privacy issues
    • Software and business method patents
    • New business models around open source software
    • Novel technology distribution arrangements
    • Intellectual property audits
    • Novel issues under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

Services Overview

  • Meticulous interdisciplinary approach to IP-related services for technology and life sciences transactions, litigation and due diligence
  • Team of attorneys with scientific and technical backgrounds that is equipped to understand a client’s core technologies and proactively address legal and business concerns
  • Full spectrum of IP coverage across sectors and industries, from technology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices to cleantech, consumer goods and entertainment
  • Comprehensive counseling on the acquisition, protection and enforcement of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret rights, in addition to guidance on strategic IP portfolio development

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