K&L Gates’ Palo Alto office serves technology businesses, venture investors, lenders and related enterprises in Silicon Valley and around the globe. Palo Alto attorneys are longtime Silicon Valley practitioners, intimately familiar with the special demands of working in one of the world’s leading centers of innovation and deeply embedded in the area’s unique business environment. Collectively they cover the areas of intellectual property procurement and litigation, corporate and securities law, and complex commercial litigation.
Our clients represent a cross-section of enterprises which thrive in Silicon Valley. This includes publicly and privately held high technology, software, internet, gaming, and social media companies; clean technology and renewable energy companies; biotechnology, medical device, and healthcare concerns; venture capital and private equity funds; and a host of other Northern California businesses. We also have an active practice representing foreign enterprises and investors relative to their operations and investments in Silicon Valley, including from China, Germany, Japan, Scandinavia, South America, and Southeast Asia.
Palo Alto intellectual property lawyers represent clients with needs related to patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, including IP strategy, procurement of IP assets, and enforcement of IP rights. Our patent litigators prosecute and defend cases in federal and state courts throughout the country, participate in proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the International Trade Commission, and practice before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. We represent several of the Silicon Valley’s premier technology companies, including those involved in computer hardware and software, gaming technology, electronics, internet, and other cutting-edge fields.
Our trademark lawyers have a stellar track record in building global brand protection programs, stopping infringers in the U.S. and critical markets around the world, and implementing strategies to prevent famous brands from becoming genericized and diluted. Our trademark team has handled numerous opposition and cancellation actions before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and can leverage K&L Gates’ multijurisdictional expertise to our trademark clients’ maximum advantage. Of special importance in Silicon Valley, our trademark attorneys have assisted hundreds of technology companies in developing their brands from start-up stage so they are positioned for worldwide market entry and success in a short period of time.
Our corporate lawyers work with entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies, venture capital and private equity funds, and corporate investors to support one of the world’s most innovative markets. We focus on business formations; equity, debt, and project financings; mergers and acquisitions; and the commercialization of technology, both domestically and internationally, through licensing, distribution and sales arrangements, strategic alliances, and joint ventures. Palo Alto office corporate clients are frequently companies that are either internationally-focused or aspire to be global in the future, requiring a deep understanding of their business objectives and strategy as well access which the firm provides to outstanding legal services abroad.