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About Rob

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.

Presentations 

Post-Grant for Practitioners Webinar | Just the Facts – A Mid-Year Review,” co-speaker, Fish Post-Grant Webinar (August 8, 2020)

Berkheimer v. HP: A Favorable Shift for Software and Medical Methodology Patents?” speaker, Fish Webinar (July 19, 2018)

“Berkheimer v. HP: A Favorable Shift for Software and Medical Methodology Patents?” speaker, Patents on Tap (June 21, 2018)

Looking Ahead:  Practical Implications of Oil States Energy Services and SAS Institute,” co-speaker, Fish Post-Grant Webinar (April 26, 2018)

Named to “The Best Lawyers in America” list by The Best Lawyers in America©, 2021.

Named as “Up & Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer, 2017.

Focus Areas
Education

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


B.A. cum laude, History, Dartmouth College (2000)

Admissions
  • California 2007
  • District of Columbia 2008
  • Minnesota 2016
Clerkships

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, The Honorable Sharon Prost, 2011 - 2012

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August 6th, 2020 | 1:30 pm EDT
Post-Grant for Practitioners Webinar | Just the Facts - A Mid-Year Review
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April 21, 2020
Supreme Court Rules § 315(b) Time Bar Decisions Are Not Appealable in Thryv v. Click-to-Call
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November 4, 2019
Legal Alert | Arthrex, Inc. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc. – What Did the Federal Circuit Do?
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October 3rd, 2019 | 1:00 pm EDT
Webinar | Federal Circuit and Supreme Court Yearly Review
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June 12th, 2019
2019 Bench & Bar Conference
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May 8th, 2019 | 1:00 pm EDT
Post-Grant for Practitioners Webinar - SAS and Oil States: One Year Later
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February 13th, 2019
Minnesota Lawyer "Attorney of the Year" Awards
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January 3, 2019
Fish & Richardson Receives Two 2018 “Attorney of the Year” Awards from Minnesota Lawyer
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August 17, 2018
En Banc Federal Circuit: Patentee’s Service of Complaint, Followed by Voluntary Dismissal, Triggers IPR Clock
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July 19th, 2018 | 1:00 pm EDT
Webinar | Berkheimer v. HP: A Favorable Shift for Software and Medical Methodology Patents?
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June 21st, 2018
Patents on Tap | Berkheimer v. HP: A Favorable Shift for Software Patents and Medical Methodology Patents?
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April 26th, 2018 | 1:00 pm EDT
Looking Ahead: Practical Implications of Oil States Energy Services and SAS Institute
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