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Rob Courtney

Up & Coming: Rob Courtney

Rob Courtney, a principal at Fish & Richardson, is a “triple threat” in handling patent-infringement disputes for his clients, who include some of the world’s largest technology companies.

Courtney’s dossier includes extensive litigating before federal courts, the International Trade Commission and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, explained law firm spokeswoman Robin Chance. In the process, Courtney has become a top litigator with many major wins since joining Fish & Richardson in 2006, she said.

One of those victories occurred last year for Cutsforth Inc., where the Federal Circuit reversed two rulings that had declared the company’s intellectual property claims unpatentable. Cutsforth’s win enabled it to proceed with its infringement claims against MotivePower Inc. over the manufacture and sale of removable brush holders.

“That was a new path in the area [of the law],” marking the first­ full reversal of an IPR decision of non­patentability, Courtney said. “We were very proud of that.”

Courtney said he decided to pursue patent law after working at the Center for Democracy & Technology, where he was exposed to how new commercial ideas get protected and guided into the public arena. He earned his J.D. from Stanford School of Law.

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