Courtney is a registered patent attorney with more than 20 years of experience. In his practice, he focuses on U.S. and foreign patent procurement, IP portfolio management, patent opinions, technology development and commercialization, technology transactions, and various regulatory issues involving medical devices. He has drafted, filed, and successfully prosecuted hundreds of patent applications for his clients.
Courtney counsels clients in a wide variety of industries, and has experience with biotechnology, molecular biology, immunology, medical devices, drug delivery systems, welding and joining technologies, consumer products, and more. He has worked with companies of all sizes and with research-based hospitals and universities and has been an in-house counsel at a large contract research organization. He has successfully negotiated numerous transactions related to the licensing and commercialization of new products and technologies. Courtney also engages in patent litigation and provides clients with legal opinions such as freedom-to-operate, non-infringement, invalidity, and patentability opinions. He also frequently works with clients to obtain USFDA approval for medical devices through the 510(k) premarket notification and 513(g) processes.
Before practicing law, Courtney was directly involved in numerous complex research programs sponsored by industrial, commercial, and governmental clients during the 10 years he spent as a research scientist in the biotechnology and medical products groups at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio.
(B.A., Biology, 1989)