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Background

Rob Courtney is a Principal in the Twin Cities office of Fish & Richardson. His practice emphasizes patent litigation in the areas of electrical engineering and information technology. Mr. Courtney’s litigation experience includes numerous matters in federal district court and before the United States International Trade Commission. Mr. Courtney has handled cases involving consumer electronics, sintered rare earth magnets, semiconductors, identity management, interactive entertainment, computer networking, and cryptography. Mr. Courtney has experience in all phases of litigation, including pre-filing practice, discovery, summary judgment, trial, post-trial, and appeal.

Mr. Courtney also has experience as a judicial clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where he worked for the Honorable Raymond C. Clevenger III (2011–12) and the Honorable Sharon Prost (2011).

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Courtney worked at the Center for Democracy & Technology (2000- 2003) as a lobbyist and analyst for digital copyright, Internet governance, privacy, and spam. As a law student he worked at Google, Inc., on intellectual property and legislative policy issues.

Education

J.D., Stanford Law School 2006
Editor-in-Chief, Stanford Technology Law Review
with distinction


B.A., Dartmouth College 2000
History
cum laude

Admissions

  • California 2007
  • District of Columbia 2008
  • Minnesota 2016

Clerkships

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, The Honorable Raymond C. Clevenger III, 2011 - 2012

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, The Honorable Sharon Prost, 2011 - 2012

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April 8, 2016
Fish & Richardson Obtains Full Federal Circuit Reversal for Cutsforth, Inc. After Faulty Inter Partes Review
Press Releases
Fish Litigation Blog
May 16, 2016
Software Claims Directed to Specific Improvements in Computer Operations May be “Non-Abstract”
Software Claims Directed to Specific Improvements in Computer Operations May be “Non-Abstract”
Authors: Rob Courtney, Leah A. Edelman
Federal Circuit
Fish Litigation Blog
May 2, 2016
Corporate Residence Definition in Patent Cases Unchanged by Congressional Revisions to Venue Statute; Minimum Contacts Under Beverly Hills Fan Reaffirmed
Authors: Rob Courtney, Leah A. Edelman
IP Litigation
Federal Circuit
Fish Litigation Blog
April 11, 2016
Claims Directed to Detection of Gene Variants Patent-Ineligible, Notwithstanding Mental Activity Requirement
Fish & Richardson #1 PTAB Law Firm in the U.S. for 2014 – Managing Intellectual Property
Authors: Maria Elena (Malena) Stiteler, Rob Courtney
Federal Circuit
Fish Litigation Blog
July 27, 2015
Judicial Review Available for Decision that a Patent Qualified for CBM Review; § 101 Review Appropriate in CBM Review
Author: Rob Courtney
IP Litigation
Federal Circuit
Fish Litigation Blog
June 18, 2015
Ordered Method Claim Does Not Bar Partly-Simultaneous Performance of Steps
Author: Rob Courtney
IP Litigation
Fish Litigation Blog
June 17, 2015
Claims Covering Basic Detection of Naturally-Occurring Compound, However Scientifically Significant, Not Patent Eligible
Author: Rob Courtney
Federal Circuit
Fish Litigation Blog
June 11, 2015
Use of Generic Computer Functions to Make Traditional Economic Method More Efficient Does Not Confer Patent Eligibility
Author: Rob Courtney
Federal Circuit
Fish Litigation Blog
May 18, 2015
“Single Entity Rule” Governs Liability for Direct Infringement of Method Claims
Author: Rob Courtney
Federal Circuit
Fish Litigation Blog
May 18, 2015
Acts After Regulatory Submission Do Not Enjoy Blanket Protection Under the Section 271(e)(1) Safe Harbor
Author: Rob Courtney
Federal Circuit
Fish Litigation Blog
May 13, 2015
Reissue Was Broadening Where New Dependent Claims Exceeded Previously-Judged Scope of Independent Claim
Author: Rob Courtney
Federal Circuit
Fish Litigation Blog
May 12, 2015
ITC Economic Prong Requires Quantitative Analysis of Complainant’s Domestic Activities
Author: Rob Courtney
Federal Circuit
ITC Litigation
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