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Michael Farn

Michael Farn

Fenwick & West LLP

Mountain View, CA, USA


Mike Farn is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group at Fenwick & West LLP, a law firm specializing in high technology matters. Fenwick & West is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with offices in San Francisco, California. Mr. Farn's practice emphasizes the development of intellectual property assets for high technology corporations, with particular focus on building, acquiring and managing patent portfolios and licensing technology.

Mr. Farn has experience counseling clients in a variety of high technology industries, including optical devices, medical devices, signal and image processing, telecommunications, EDA and semiconductors. Among the clients he has represented are:
  • Cisco Systems
  • Google
  • Ricoh
  • Silicon Image
  • Synopsys

Before embarking on his legal career, Mr. Farn was a member of the technical staff at M.I.T./Lincoln Laboratory from 1990 to 1994. There, his primary responsibilities were to invent new optical technologies and then transfer these technologies to private corporations for commercialization. He entered the legal field in part because the attorneys supporting Mr. Farn's activities as a scientist did not adequately understand the commercial world. There was and continues to be a significant need for legal specialists who can understand and solve legal problems from the client's point of view not from a lawyer's point of view, who can explain legal concepts in ordinary English, and who can relate these concepts to the marketplace and to the client's commercial risk and reward.

Mr. Farn attended law school at Stanford University, graduating with distinction in 1997. He also received his graduate education at Stanford University as an NSF graduate fellow, receiving his Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1990. Mr. Farn received his undergraduate degrees from Penn State, where he double majored in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. He is a member of both the California Bar and the U.S. Patent Bar.
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