Patents & Emerging Technologies

Unparalleled Insight and Direction for Technology Innovators

Patents & Emerging Technologies

Unparalleled Insight and Direction for Technology Innovators

Your ideas fuel the growth of your business, and their value deserves unparalleled protection. We partner with trailblazing tech and life sciences companies of all sizes to transform their ideas into valuable intellectual property—ensuring that from day one, you have complete protection and the peace of mind to confidently execute your business strategy.

Our team understands every step of the patent lifecycle. From inception to maturity, we provide you with tailored advice on all aspects of commercialization, protection, and strategic acquisitions of patent rights in the United States and globally.

We Speak Your Language

Understanding your core technologies is a cornerstone of our approach. Collaborate with patent attorneys who understand the value of your ideas and inventions, and who relate to your business’ key stakeholders across all departments—from engineers and scientists to the C-suite and board members. Our team includes patent professionals who hold advanced technical degrees and have practical business experience in artificial intelligence/machine learning, computer science and software, biology, chemistry and genetics, hardware, physics, math and statistics, and systems.

Business-Minded Team of Advisors

We take pride in understanding you as a company and your business ecosystem. We leverage that knowledge to develop a holistic and commercially minded approach to your intellectual property that includes an emphasis on your patent strategy. Our patent team leverages their unmatched credentials and industry experience to align your developing patent portfolio with your business strategy and continually enhance efficiencies every step of the way. Unlike patent boutiques, our interconnected
network of strategic advisors, investors and entrepreneurs uniquely empowers startups, private, and public companies to tackle the challenges they encounter throughout their growth journey. Harness the power of the business insights offered by our integrated platform of market-leading corporate, transactional, litigation, and regulatory lawyers to further position your company for market growth.

We collaborate with management, technical, and scientific teams to design and implement patent strategy with scale in mind. Invest in and build your company’s patent portfolio from the ground up with confidence, knowing that our team can support both your business and portfolio growth.

Clients value our foresight in navigating unanticipated complexities and pre-emptively positioning them for future prosperity—our comprehensive approach to client service includes:

  • Addressing business development, marketing, engineering and production interests in an
    integrated manner
  • Ensuring mechanisms are in place for executive-level endorsement and inspiration to ensure
    successful implementation
  • Providing constant attention to cost-benefit balance of IP activity with goal that IP is seen as a
    profit center
  • Conducting patent portfolio analysis and IP audits, which are often a part of the IP due diligence
    we perform in connection with our mergers and acquisitions practice

Beyond filing, we advise on strategies to leverage your patents in a way that aligns with your business:

  • Defensive patents
  • Offensive patents
  • Technology development/exchange
  • Licensing
  • Acquisitions and sales of patents
  • Competitors’ patents analysis: identify potential infringement risks and design around existing
    patents
  • Strategies are two-sided: clients' and their competitors'

    We collaborate with management, technical, and scientific teams to design and implement patent strategy with scale in mind. Invest in and build your company’s patent portfolio from the ground up with confidence, knowing that our team can support both your business and portfolio growth.

    Clients value our foresight in navigating unanticipated complexities and pre-emptively positioning them for future prosperity—our comprehensive approach to client service includes:

    • Addressing business development, marketing, engineering and production interests in an
      integrated manner
    • Ensuring mechanisms are in place for executive-level endorsement and inspiration to ensure
      successful implementation
    • Providing constant attention to cost-benefit balance of IP activity with goal that IP is seen as a
      profit center
    • Conducting patent portfolio analysis and IP audits, which are often a part of the IP due diligence
      we perform in connection with our mergers and acquisitions practice

    Beyond filing, we advise on strategies to leverage your patents in a way that aligns with your business:

    • Defensive patents
    • Offensive patents
    • Technology development/exchange
    • Licensing
    • Acquisitions and sales of patents
    • Competitors’ patents analysis: identify potential infringement risks and design around existing
      patents
    • Strategies are two-sided: clients' and their competitors'

      We implement tailored patent programs that enhance your company’s long-term business and intellectual property goals:

      • Direct interfacing with company experts to execute ongoing patent filing programs.
      • Developing invention and innovation programs that provide incentives to identify patentable technology.
      • Organizing and participating in invention committees, strategically evaluating technology and business alignment to proactively pinpoint areas where patent protection should be concentrated.
      • Effectively translate and communicate the nuances of your technology to the U.S. Patent Office
        (USPTO) and critically assess timing and approach to offensive and defensive Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) procedures.
      • Strong IP audit practice that regularly performs:
        • Strategic analysis of patent portfolios
        • Pre-acquisition and pre-investment due diligence
        • Analysis of competitors' patent portfolios for license negotiations or avoidance of infringement
        • Preparation of clearance opinions where appropriate
        • Unparalleled deal support due to superior knowledge of technologies, which permits a direct interface with your experts


      We implement tailored patent programs that enhance your company’s long-term business and intellectual property goals:

      • Direct interfacing with company experts to execute ongoing patent filing programs.
      • Developing invention and innovation programs that provide incentives to identify patentable technology.
      • Organizing and participating in invention committees, strategically evaluating technology and business alignment to proactively pinpoint areas where patent protection should be concentrated.
      • Effectively translate and communicate the nuances of your technology to the U.S. Patent Office
        (USPTO) and critically assess timing and approach to offensive and defensive Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) procedures.
      • Strong IP audit practice that regularly performs:
        • Strategic analysis of patent portfolios
        • Pre-acquisition and pre-investment due diligence
        • Analysis of competitors' patent portfolios for license negotiations or avoidance of infringement
        • Preparation of clearance opinions where appropriate
        • Unparalleled deal support due to superior knowledge of technologies, which permits a direct interface with your experts


      A repository of trust for some of the world’s most recognizable brands, Fenwick & West is best known for its ability to handle high-technology, high-stakes and high-profile cases with finesse. Its attorneys truly understand the relationship between intellectual property and a successful business model, and craft winning strategies that place their clients in the strongest position."

      IAM Patent 1000

      2023 Edition

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      Recognition
      Chambers Global

      2024

      Leading firm for Intellectual Property: Patent

      IAM Patent 1000

      2023

      Recommended nationally and in California, and New York for patent prosecution.

      Managing Intellectual Property

      2021-2023

      Named Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year - Nationwide (2023 & 2022) and Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year - western U.S. (2022 & 2021)

      Global IP Awards

      2022

      Named U.S. Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year

      Chambers USA

      2023

      Tier 1 firm in California for patent prosecution

      The Legal 500

      2023

      Ranked in the highest tier nationally for patent licensing, patent prosecution and technology transactions

      USPTO

      2023

      Awarded Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate for the firm’s significant contributions to the agency’s Patent Pro Bono Program

      Recognition
      Chambers Global

      2024

      Leading firm for Intellectual Property: Patent

      IAM Patent 1000

      2023

      Recommended nationally and in California, and New York for patent prosecution.

      Managing Intellectual Property

      2021-2023

      Named Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year - Nationwide (2023 & 2022) and Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year - western U.S. (2022 & 2021)

      Global IP Awards

      2022

      Named U.S. Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year

      Chambers USA

      2023

      Tier 1 firm in California for patent prosecution

      The Legal 500

      2023

      Ranked in the highest tier nationally for patent licensing, patent prosecution and technology transactions

      USPTO

      2023

      Awarded Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate for the firm’s significant contributions to the agency’s Patent Pro Bono Program