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Silicon Valley is synonymous with entrepreneurial thinking, and we are equally focused on innovation and creativity. Our talent aligns with the primary needs of Silicon Valley businesses—venture capital, corporate formation, securities law counseling and intellectual property protection.

We offer differentiating experience working with companies in telecommunications, software, medical devices, semiconductors, financial services and energy. With the national resources of the firm either nearby in San Francisco or across the U.S., we offer clients a full complement of services to tap today and grow with in the future. On the international front, we have specific experience advising technology companies in Israel and Pacific Rim countries.

We devote significant time to pro bono service, at times partnering with our clients to support mutual causes. We are steadfastly committed to diversity and charity.

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  • Nixon Peabody Recruits Three Novak Druce Attorneys for IP Team
    Law360 | September 8, 2016
    The following coverage highlights the arrival of the IP counseling and transactions team of San Francisco partner On Lu, Washington, DC, counsel Ed Quiñones and Silicon Valley associate Zhou Lu.
  • The Healing Power of AI
    Tech Crunch | August 12, 2016
    Silicon Valley IP litigation associate Erik Birkeneder authored this article about how deep learning algorithms can have the potential to improve medical diagnostics and care.
  • 4 Times To File A Continuation Patent Application
    Law360 | March 17, 2016
    Silicon Valley IP litigation partner Jennifer Hayes provides third-party commentary throughout this article about when to file a continuation patent application.
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  • On the Move
    The Recorder | February 5, 2016
    This coverage notes Silicon Valley IP litigation partner Jennifer Hayes election to the partnership news.
  • Get Ready For EU Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent
    Law360 | January 8, 2016
    San Francisco IP litigation partner Ron Lopez and Silicon Valley IP litigation associate Jennifer Hayes co-authored this column on the new single Unified Patent Court with jurisdiction over European patents.
  • Lawyers on the Move
    Reuters Legal | September 21, 2015
    This news brief notes that Maria Swiatek has been named Silicon Valley office managing partner.
  • Fed. Circ.'s Apple Ruling Makes Patent Injunctions Easier
    Law360 | September 17, 2015
    Silicon Valley IP Litigation partner Shawn Hansen discusses a federal patent-infringement decision and how it could now be easier for patent owners to secure injunctions in disputes over complicated technology and boost their bargaining power in settlement negotiations.
  • Collecting Fees Still Tough After Octane, Highmark Cases
    Law360 | August 28, 2015
    Silicon Valley IP Litigation partner Shawn Hansen provides commentary in this article discussing how two Supreme Court rulings have helped accused patent infringers gain leverage to resolve weak cases earlier and get attorneys' fees awarded.
  • Nautilus Standard Used by CAFC to Overturn Pre-Nautilus Patent Indefiniteness Judgment
    BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal | March 11, 2015
    Silicon Valley IP Litigation partner Shawn Hansen and Chicago IP Counseling & Transactions partner Paul Kitch discuss the Federal Circuit’s precedential opinion reversing a district court's judgment of patent claim invalidity for indefiniteness since the Supreme Court's Nautilus decision.
  • Lawyers Weigh in on High Court Claim Construction Ruling
    Law360 | January 20, 2015
    Silicon Valley IP Litigation partner Shawn Hansen and Chicago IP Counseling & Transactions partner Paul Kitch discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to cast aside the Federal Circuit's long-standing rule that all district court claim construction rulings must be reviewed anew on appeal.
  • Fed. Circ. May Ditch Rigid Stance after High Court Reversals
    Law360 | June 27, 2014
    Silicon Valley IP Litigation partner Shawn Hansen discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's repeated reversals of patent decisions by the Federal Circuit.
  • Lawyers Weigh In On High Court's Software Patent Ruling
    Law360 | June 19, 2014
    Silicon Valley IP litigation partner Shawn Hansen and Washington, DC, IP Counseling & Transactions professional specialist Rob Pilaud provide commentary on the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank ruling that computerized abstract ideas are not patent eligible.
  • High Court Nixes ‘Amenable to Construction,' ‘Insolubly Ambiguous' Indefiniteness Rules
    Bloomberg BNA | June 3, 2014
    Chicago IP Counseling & Transactions partner Paul Kitch and Silicon Valley IP litigation partner Shawn Hansen provide commentary on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Inc.
  • Lawyers Weigh In On High Court's Induced Infringement Ruling
    Law360 | June 2, 2014
    Chicago IP Counseling & Transactions partner Paul Kitch and Silicon Valley IP Litigation partner Shawn Hansen provide commentary on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Limelight Networks Inc. v. Akamai Technologies Inc.
  • Lawyers Weigh In On High Court's Patent Rulings
    Law360 | April 29, 2014
    Silicon Valley IP Litigation partner Shawn Hansen provides commentary on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in a pair of cases regarding the appropriate standard for awarding attorneys’ fees in patent litigation cases.
  • Provisional Patent Apps Need More Detail In Post-AIA Era
    Law360 | February 26, 2014
    Silicon Valley Patents partner Kal Shami discusses how provisional applications need to provide a more complete picture of the claimed invention to protect patents in a post-America Invents Act world.
  • Valley Offices Nab IP Laterals
    The Recorder | February 18, 2014
    This coverage highlights the arrivals of Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Litigation partners Shawn Hansen and Jeff Lokey.
  • Valley Offices Nab IP Laterals
    The Recorder | February 18, 2014
    This coverage highlights the arrivals of Silicon Valley intellectual property litigation partners Jeff Lokey and Shawn Hansen.
  • People on the Move
    San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal | February 4, 2014
    This coverage notes that Silicon Valley Patents attorney Maria Swiatek has been elected to the firm's partnership.


California Supreme Court holds duty owed to household members in asbestos take-home cases
Asbestos Litigation Alert | December 9, 2016

Are you certain? California Court of Appeal says availability of prejudgment interest may depend on litigation strategy
Construction Alert | August 17, 2016

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Webinar Recording: Increase to the Minimum Salary for Exempt Employees
Originally recorded July 13, 2016 | July 18, 2016

California Supreme Court adopts the "sophisticated intermediary" defense for raw material suppliers facing failure to warn claims
Products Litigation Alert | May 26, 2016

California keeps the pressure on most drought restrictions, while turning the faucet back on for a few…
Environmental Law Alert | May 11, 2016

California's minimum wage is rising, and with it so is the minimum salary for exempt status
Employment Law Alert | April 4, 2016

Better "prompt" than never: court of appeal confirms when contractors must release retention to subcontractors under Public Contract Code Section 7107
Construction Law Alert | March 29, 2016

California issues new requirements for discrimination, harassment and retaliation policies and complaint procedures effective April 1
Employment Law Alert | March 9, 2016

EEOC issues proposed rule to collect pay data from employers
Employment Law Alert | February 5, 2016

You've really got to know when to hold 'em: California Court of Appeal doubles down on its withholding of retention jurisprudence
Construction Law Alert | January 19, 2016

Don't give away your product or services
Commercial Litigation Alert | January 19, 2016

Cal/OSHA's stunning proposed regulation on workplace violence in health care facilities
Employment Law Alert | November 10, 2015

What's Trending in Affordable Housing
October 26, 2015

Hard to keep on truckin': U.S. EPA settles first federal enforcement of CARB's truck and bus regulation
Environmental Law Alert | October 13, 2015

California ups its game yet again in the fight against climate change
Environmental Law Alert | October 9, 2015

California enacts major overhaul of equal pay law
Employment Law Alert | October 7, 2015

California extends protections against discrimination for immigration status, language and citizenship
Employment Law Alert | September 18, 2015

Building resilience—California real estate opportunities and challenges during the drought
Real Estate Alert | July 14, 2015

A new U.K. law aimed at ending human trafficking and forced labor will likely require increased global supply chain oversight
Employment Law Alert | June 29, 2015

California proposed law would prevent employers from asking candidates for prior salary information
Employment Law Alert | June 2, 2015

Song-Beverly credit card opinion highlights need for retailers to review their procedures for credit card transactions
Retail Alert | May 27, 2015

New California Family Rights Act ("CFRA") regulations are effective July 1, 2015
Employment Law Alert | May 6, 2015

California's mandatory water restrictions — just in time for summer, but too little, too late?
Environmental law Alert | April 29, 2015

Court "hits the brakes" on lawyer's retaliation claims against his client's former employer
Employment Law Alert | April 17, 2015

Retailers and manufacturers beware: CA DOJ is conducting reviews of Supply Chains Act compliance
Employment Law Alert | April 13, 2015

What do California statewide mandatory water cutbacks mean to your business?
Environmental Law Alert | April 2, 2015

Major revisions to Cal/OSHA's heat illness prevention standard
OSHA Law Alert | March 2, 2015

Is "coal" becoming a four-letter word for institutional investors?
Distressed Coal News | February 26, 2015

Legislative Advisory – California Senate Bill 222
Public Finance Alert | February 26, 2015

Oakland joins growing trend — paid sick leave begins Monday, March 2
Employment Law Alert | February 25, 2015

Bidder Beware: California court recognizes intentional interference claims for second place bidders in public works contracts
Construction Law Alert | February 25, 2015

You've got to know when to hold ‘em: what California public entities and public works contractors need to know about retention
Construction Law Alert | February 2, 2015

The New AB 60 Driver's License for Undocumented Individuals in California
Immigration Alert | January 21, 2015

"Change, Change, Change" for Cal/OSHA in 2015
Employment Law Alert | January 8, 2015

A flood of funding for water projects in California
Environmental Law Alert | November 14, 2014

California Federal Court Takes First Stab At False Advertising Claims Involving Prescription Drugs After POM Wonderful
IP Law Alert | October 21, 2014

California adopts new data privacy legislation affecting retailers
Retail Alert | October 15, 2014

Don't get caught holding the bag: California enacts ban on single-use plastic bags
Retail Alert | October 6, 2014

A wellspring of groundwater legislation rises up in California
Environmental Law Alert | September 23, 2014

California's paid sick leave law — no get well card for employers
Employment Law Alert | September 18, 2014

Stay out of it: Franchisors who leave personnel management and training to franchisees not liable for franchisees' actions
Employment Law Alert | September 2, 2014

Webcast Recording: Patents for Humanity
Originally recorded August 14, 2014 | August 20, 2014

No cutting out: California employers must reimburse all cell phone expenses
Employment Law Alert | August 18, 2014

Timing is everything: California Supreme Court clarifies timing of commission pay for overtime exemption and when commissions must be paid
Employment Law Alert | August 4, 2014

Leave deductions for exempt employees' partial-day absences—still ok in California, now with no minimum
Employment Law Alert | August 4, 2014

Joining the main stream: California groundwater regulation seems likely
Environmental Law Alert | July 30, 2014

California Supreme Court allows undocumented workers to recover damages in discrimination cases
Employment Law Alert | July 21, 2014

Retailers and other businesses breathe a sigh of relief: Court rules Target not required to have AEDs
Retail Alert | July 10, 2014

California's Paid Family Leave Program expands the definition of a family member and brings new leave challenges for employers
Employment Law Alert | June 26, 2014

California Supreme Court allows class action waivers — but with exception for PAGA
Employment Law Alert | June 25, 2014

Combating drought: California's new general permit for recycled water use
Environmental Law Alert | June 23, 2014

Don't forget! California's minimum wage increases on July 1, along with minimum salary for exempt employees
Employment Law Alert | June 9, 2014

Will large retailers (and others) be required to install and use emergency medical equipment?
Retail Alert | June 4, 2014

"It's getting hot [out] here…"
OSHA Alert | May 16, 2014

New York and several other states move closer to banning microbeads in personal care products
Products Alert | May 15, 2014

California legislature moves toward enacting new restrictions on merchants' collection and retention of credit card data, and additional liabilities for data breach
Retail Alert | April 30, 2014

Ouch: penalties for reporting errors add up quickly under California's greenhouse gas emissions regulatory regime
Environmental Law Alert | April 15, 2014

Ninth Circuit says PAGA claims are not class actions under CAFA
Class Action Alert | April 9, 2014

Dramatic change for light industry: adoption of California's new Industrial General Permit for stormwater
Environmental Law Alert | April 7, 2014

California's Green Chemistry Initiative continues rolling along: DTSC announces draft priority products which will require a rapid response from manufacturers
Products Alert | April 4, 2014

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