K&L Gates’ Palo Alto office serves technology businesses, venture investors, lenders and related enterprises in Silicon Valley. The office has experienced substantial growth since opening in 2005 – from 2 founding members to 25 lawyers working in a variety of practices – and continues to expand.
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, employment 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 more traditional Northern California businesses, ranging from private educational institutions to wineries. 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.
Nearly half of the office devoted to intellectual property law. Palo Alto intellectual property lawyers represent clients with needs related to patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, including IP strategy, and procurement of IP assets, and enforcement of IP rights. The Palo Alto patent team includes several Ph.D.s whose technical prowess in physical chemistry, optics, and biology offers a major advantage for our clients. Often working with corporate colleagues, these patent prosecutors help perform IP due diligence for investors, for underwriters in public financing transactions, for emerging enterprises seeking funding, and for participants in M&A transactions. These lawyers also support the IP litigation practice in the office and elsewhere throughout the firm by providing non-infringement and invalidity advice and opinions and by contributing their technical expertise to the handling of patent infringement and trade secret disputes.
Our patent litigators prosecute and defend cases in federal and state courts throughout the country, participate in proceedings before the International Trade Commission, and have argued 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 protecting famous marks by halting infringers and implementing strategies to prevent the brands from becoming genericized and diluted. Of special importance in Silicon Valley, we also have particular experience assisting clients to develop a brand from start-up stage to worldwide recognition 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 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.
Supporting and supplementing the intellectual property and corporate presence in Palo Alto, our commercial litigation attorneys counsel clients on controverted matters and appear in courts throughout California and elsewhere relative to a broad range of business disputes. These lawyers handle controversies involving international transactions; the defense of employers in individual and class-action employment cases; and the defense of a variety of businesses in consumer class action matters. Palo Alto commercial litigators also provide advice on competition issues and assist clients with internal investigations involving securities, employment, and other sensitive matters.