Our Intellectual Property practice offers integrated advice on all aspects of the protection and exploitation of intellectual property. Ranked consistently as one of the top five West Coast firms in both intellectual property litigation and protection over at least the past 10 years by Euromoney’s Managing Intellectual Property publication, our lawyers are pioneers of legal innovation. We advise clients concerning novel issues under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), domestic and international privacy issues, software and business method patents, evaluating and implementing new business models around open source software, crafting novel technology distribution arrangements and implementing intellectual property audits.


  • Honored by Chambers USA as a leading law firm for intellectual property and a Tier 1 firm in California for IT & Outsourcing: Transactions (2020)
  • Named U.S. Trademark Prosecution Firm of the Year at the Global IP Awards (2020)
  • Recognized in the highest tier nationally and in California for both trademark prosecution and trademark litigation in World Trademark Review 1000 (2020)​
  • Named Trademark Prosecution Firm of the Year for the western United States by Managing Intellectual Property at the Americas Awards—the third time in four years that the firm has earned this recognition. Additionally, Fenwick earned recognition as the Copyright Firm of the Year for the western United States (2020)
  • Recognized as the largest IP law firm in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal (2020)
  • Honored as U.S. Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year by Managing Intellectual Property (2018)​ and by IP Media Group at the inaugural Global IP Awards (2019)
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® ranked Fenwick in the top tiers nationally and in San Francisco and San Jose for patent law. The firm also ranked among the leading firms for copyright and trademark law nationally and in San Francisco and San Jose (2019)
  • Recommended nationally for patent transactions in IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2019)​
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 in the highest tier nationally for patent licensing and technology transactions. Also recognized as a national leader in patent prosecution, copyright and privacy (2019)

Our core areas of focus include:

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