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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


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What is graphene? A Fenwick patent attorney has the answer

April 23, 2014

​The technology and life sciences communities alike have been raving about new "wonder material" graphene for the past year. From applications for wearable devices to the creation of lightweight, bendable televisions and smartphones, Fenwick patent attorney Paul Smith says that graphene is ushering in the next wave of technological advancement.

"Unlike most of the ​technological advances of the past 20 years, graphene has the potential to revolutionize dozens of unrelated industries,” he said. "The very unusual physical, chemical, electrical and optical properties of graphene are applicable to a dizzying array of technologies. Promising results have been shown for graphene in fuel cells, catalysts, optical displays and many other applications.” 

With all this talk about carbon atoms and synthesis methods, it’s easy to get lost in the conversation. With a master’s degree in materials science and engineering, in the first video of a three-part series on graphene, its applications and related patent strategies, Fenwick attorney Paul Smith describes graphene and tells you why you should give a sheet about this new “wonder material.”​

Source: “Model of graphene structure” by AlexanderAlUS is licensed under CC BY 3.0
“Quantum Hydrogen on Graphene” and “Quantum Hydrogen on Graphene” by Erlend Davidson (Thomas Young Centre, London) UCL Mathematical and Physical Sciences, is licensed under CC BY 2.0.​​​​​​​