Silicon Valley

Foley offers strong patent prosecution, patent counseling, patent litigation, and corporate financing and governance practices in California and Silicon Valley, representing clients of all sizes and stages of development, including both public and privately held companies in the high-tech, biotech, pharmaceutical, life sciences, health care, telecommunications and manufacturing sectors. Our attorneys in Palo Alto also have a strong China practice, involving both IP matters and corporate transactions.

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, patent counseling, corporate equity and debt financings, board and shareholder representation, licensing, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions.

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. 

Government Enforcement, Compliance, and White Collar Defense: Our Silicon Valley office is home to members of our Government Enforcement, Compliance & White Collar Defense Practice — which brings together former federal prosecutors and federal agency law enforcement personnel with decades of experience representing companies and individuals in regulatory and government enforcement matters — to help you respond to intensified federal criminal enforcement in securities, government contracts, health care, and international transactions involving aspects of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Manufacturing: As our clients move into the future of manufacturing, our Silicon Valley attorneys are working shoulder to shoulder with them to focus on advanced manufacturing issues such as continuous process improvement; customer-focused innovation; human capital acquisition, development, and retention; enterprise-wide supply and distribution chain management and collaboration; sustainability; global engagement; reshoring; facilities siting, reconfiguration, and management; foreign direct investment; strategic acquisitions and divestitures; government and public affairs; next-generation technologies; and Big Data, as well as traditional areas such as corporate, labor, tax, and IP. We take a holistic approach to the industry, working closely with colleagues from all practices, industry teams, and offices across the firm to deliver comprehensive solutions that help you achieve your business goals.

  • 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 
  • One Silicon Valley attorney was recognized in The Legal 500 guide for the United States in 2014
  • Two Silicon Valley attorneys were named to the 2012 Northern California Super Lawyers® or Rising Stars® lists, published by Law & Politics magazine
  • Our Silicon Valley office managing partner is ranked AV, the highest ethical and legal skill ratings available, by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory