Silicon Valley

Foley offers strong patent prosecution and patent counseling in California and Silicon Valley, representing clients of all sizes and stages of development, including both public and privately held companies. Our partners have extensive experience across a variety of technologies, including computer hardware and software, network systems, microprocessors and architectures, signal processing, data communications, thin film devices and fabrication methods, computational lithography, cloud computing, and alternative energy. Our team in Palo Alto also have a strong IP practice working with life science clients, creating and optimizing value in intellectual property portfolios encompassing technologies that include personalized medicine, regenerative and stem cell biology, antibodies, immunology, gene therapy, nanotechnology, diagnostics, small molecules and drug delivery.

Foley offers comprehensive legal services to help turn your innovative concepts into commercial reality. We have particular strength in the areas commonly required by emerging or innovative enterprises, including patent prosecution, and patent counseling.

Intellectual Property: Our Silicon Valley office has integrated the capabilities of the firm's nationally recognized IP Department — comprising more than 200 attorneys — and our dedicated Life Sciences Industry Team — focused on the pharmaceutical, chemical, and biotechnology markets — enabling us to deliver an innovative life cycle of patent prosecution and counseling and patent litigation services to protect and add value to your IP assets. Nearly a quarter of all patents litigated today originate in California. Our success in patent prosecution is the direct result of the extensive knowledge and experience of our attorneys, most of whom established technical credentials prior to their practice of law. More than 40 of our patent attorneys have Ph.D. degrees in various fields. Foley is routinely listed among the top 10 law firms in the country in terms of number of patents prosecuted and number of patent cases litigated by such sources as IP Today, Managing IP, and Trademark Insider Report.

Litigation: We understand the business side of the challenges and risks posed by potential and actual lawsuits, and our attorneys have the acumen and skill to effectively confront the legal issues you face. Today, Foley has one of the largest and most comprehensive litigation practices in the country. Although we are renowned for our courtroom skills, we vastly prefer to see you avoid litigation through preventive counseling. Where litigation is unavoidable, we strive to position the case for an early, prudent settlement with the most favorable business solution and the least risk for you. 

  • Our Silicon Valley office managing partner is the editor of the firm's Personalized Medicine Bulletin blog
  • Our office managing partner was recognized by The Legal 500 for her work in the area of health care – life sciences in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
  • In 2015, Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers ranked our Silicon Valley attorneys for excellence in health care, IT and outsourcing, life sciences, renewables and alternative energy, and white collar crime and government investigations litigation