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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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March 22, 2017
Legal Alert: Laches Unavailable as a Defense to Patent Claims Brought within § 286’s Damages Period
Legal Alerts
Event
September 21st, 2016 | 1:00 pm EDT
Webinar: Impact of Recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Decisions on IP Cases
Webinar: Impact of Recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Decisions on IP Cases
Webinar
News
April 8, 2016
Fish & Richardson Obtains Full Federal Circuit Reversal for Cutsforth, Inc. After Faulty Inter Partes Review
Press Release
Event
March 8th, 2017 | 1:00 pm EST
Post-Grant for Practitioners: Post-Grant Appeals: What Lies Ahead
Post-Grant for Practitioners: Post-Grant Appeals: What Lies Ahead
Webinar
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
Event
September 16th, 2015 | 1:00 pm EDT
INSIGHTS Webinar: Supreme Court Cases - Year in Review
INSIGHTS Webinar: Supreme Court Cases - Year in Review
Speaking Engagement
Webinar
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
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