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 >

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
13th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

Seattle Office
1191 Second Avenue
10th Floor
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


About Our Intellectual Property Practice

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.


  • Recognized by Chambers USA as a leading law firm for intellectual property and IT and outsourcing in California (2015)
  • Recognized on The National Law Journal’s IP Hot List for outstanding patent, copyright, trademark and IP litigation services (2015)
  • Recognized as the largest IP law firm in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal (2016)
  • Recognized nationally and in California – with the highest possible ranking in California – for both trademark prosecution and trademark litigation in World Trademark Review 1000 (2016)
  • Recognized as the best patent prosecution group in Western North America by Managing Intellectual Property (2015)
  • Named one of the top U.S. firms for trademark and patent prosecution and one of the top West Coast firms for copyright, trademark and patent prosecution in Managing Intellectual Property (2015)
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® ranked Fenwick in the top tiers nationally and in San Francisco and San Jose for patent law and copyright law (2015)
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 as a leader in patent prosecution and licensing (2015)
  • Noted by Law360 as having one of the largest IP practices in the U.S. (2014)
  • Recommended nationally for patent prosecution and transactions in IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2015)

Our core areas of focus include:

Antitrust and Unfair Competition


Privacy and Information Security


Technology Transactions

Copyright Litigation


Open Source

Trademark Litigation


Trade Secret

Patent Litigation

Trade Secret Litigation



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