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Silicon Valley Center
801 California Street
Mountain View, CA 94041, United States
Phone: 650-988-8500
Fax: 650-938-5200
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  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
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  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Privacy
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Securities Law
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  • California
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Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

Supreme Court Declares First Amendment Interest in Access to Social Networks

The internet has become so essential to American public discourse that saying so is almost trite now. Members of Congress regularly use social media to engage with constituents. The President has turned Twitter into one of his…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law

Supreme Court Rocks the Trademark Office in “Slants” Case

After a streak of six patent decisions uniformly overruling the Federal Circuit, and for the first time all term, the Supreme Court finally handed the Federal Circuit a win this week. In its landmark ruling in Matal v. Tam…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property

Grand Jury Indicts Startup Founder Isaac Choi – Implications for Silicon Valley

On June 7, the U.S. Department of Justice arrested Isaac Choi, the founder and former chief executive of the Silicon Valley startup, WrkRiot, on wire fraud charges. A San Jose, California grand jury had indicted Choi under seal…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

CEO Pay Ratio Rule – Start Preparing Now - Little Likelihood of Repeal or Delay of the CEO Pay Ratio Rule

Despite many predictions that the CEO pay ratio rule would be repealed, or at least delayed, there is no indication that any such relief will be provided to reporting companies. It appears, at least for now, that the CEO pay…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Supreme Court Rejects Plaintiffs' Tactic for Appealing Class Certification Denials

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous 8-0 opinion in Microsoft Corp. v. Baker, reversing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and holding that federal courts lack jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291 to hear the…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology

Examiner Citations of Smartgene, Cyberfone Drop After McRo Memo

After Alice, the USPTO's various guidance memoranda included references to non-precedential Federal Circuit decisions, particularly Smartgene, Cyberfone, and Planet Bingo, as examples of patent-ineligible subject matter. …more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Trends in Legal Terms in Venture Financings in Israel - Full Year 2016

Background — We have analyzed the terms of venture financings for Israeli and Israeli-related technology companies that reported raising money during the year 2016. Our survey does not include financing rounds of less than US…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Supreme Court's Lexmark Decision Expands Scope of Patent Exhaustion Defense

For the fifth time this session, and following fast on the heels of its landmark decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods earlier in May, the Supreme Court again reversed the Federal Circuit. The case, Impression Products, Inc…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

#AliceStorm: April Update and the Impact of TC Heartland on Patent Eligibility

The Supreme Court’s recent decision on patent venue, TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, may actually turn out to be a good thing for patentees when it comes to Section 101. But before we get to that, let’s do the…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Payer/Provider Digital Health Investments Increase in Q1 2017

Last September, we noted that payers and providers were expected to become increasingly active digital health strategic investors given their challenges to improve margins and outcomes…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Announces New Limits on Venue in Patent Cases, Blunting Key Troll Tool

For the past 27 years, plaintiffs have been able to bring patent-infringement suits against most corporations almost anywhere in the United States. So-called non-practicing entities, also known as patent “trolls,” have taken…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - First Quarter 2017

We analyzed the terms of 191 venture financings closed in the first quarter of 2017 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Venture valuations showed small improvements…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Litigation Alert: The Fourth Circuit Finds No Article III Injury in Fair Credit Reporting Act Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that the plaintiff’s allegations that Experian denied him access to information to which he was entitled under the Fair Credit Reporting Act was insufficient to establish…more
 /  Constitutional Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Surviving Alice in the e-Commerce Arts

As has been well documented, the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank has had a dramatic impact on the allowability of computer implemented inventions. This second article in our series explores the dynamics of…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Mozilla and Stanford Law Panel: What Role Does the First Amendment Have in the Patent Law?

On April 17, Mozilla and Stanford Law held a panel to discuss the role of the First Amendment in the patent law, and specifically the impact on the patent eligibility of software and genes sequences…more
 /  Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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