Cortney has nearly 20 years of experience practicing intellectual-property litigation, focusing on the enforcement of U.S. patent rights at the trial-court level. He also represents clients in proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (e.g., IPR proceedings) and in appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
· S.M.R Innovations and Y.M.R Tech v. Samsung, 4:20-641 (E.D. Tex.). Lead counsel for inventors asserting patents for routing multimedia between electronic devices.
· 21st Century Garage v. Hyundai, 2:20-144 (E.D. Tex.), Spireon, 1:20-2493 (N.D. Ga.), and Mazda, 2:20-263 (E.D. Tex.). Lead counsel in cases asserting patent portfolio comprising 70+ U.S. patents relating to various automotive-related inventions.
· Francis v. Key Surgical, 1:20-3847 (N.D. Ga.). Lead counsel for patent owners in breach-of-contract action relating to exclusive license agreement.
· Resideo Technologies and Central Security Group – Nationwide v. Ubiquitous Connectivity, IPR2019-01335, -01336, -01609, and -01610. Lead counsel for patent owner in four IPR proceedings.
· JG Technologies v. United States, 1:20-455 (C.F.C.) and 13 automakers (E.D. Tex.). Representing patent owner in asserting patent relating to object detection, including stealth aircraft.
· Vulpecula v. Samsung and LG, 4:20-189 and 4:20-191 (E.D. Tex.). Representing patent owner in asserting patents for application-governed link opening.
· Grus Tech v. Samsung and LG, 4:20-190 and 4:20-192 (E.D. Tex.). Represented patent owner in asserting patents for identifying a contactee for a message.
· POWERbahn v. Foundation Fitness, 1:17-2965 and 1:19-1678 (N.D. Ga.). Representing technology innovator in asserting patents related to control systems for exercise equipment that better simulate real-life athletic conditions.
· Zipit Wireless v. LG Electronics, No. 2:20-1494 (D.N.J.). Representing small business in asserting patents relating to the use of emoticons in WiFi-capable handheld devices.
· Google and LG v. Zipit Wireless, IPR2019-01567 and IPR2019-01568. Represent patent owner in two IPR proceedings.
· SynchView Technologies v. Comcast, ARRIS, Technicolor, et al. (various courts). Representing SynchView in asserting patents relating to multi-tuner DVRs.
· Unified Patents Inc. v. SynchView Technologies, LLC, IPR2019-00470. Successfully opposed institution of Unified Patents’ petition for inter partes review of SynchView’s patent.
Prior to joining Kent & Risley, Cortney was a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, which he joined in 2005 after beginning his legal career at Frost Brown Todd in Louisville, Kentucky.
Cortney writes and presents at legal-education programs on topics relating to current issues in intellectual-property law, such as the representative presentations and publications listed below.
Selected Presentations and Publications
· “Patent Law Update,” SpringPosium 2019
· “Mock Expert Examination: Using Past Licenses to Calculate Damages,” SpringPosium 2016
· “What Just Happened to Software Patents?” SD Times, June 3, 2015
· “Guarding Your Revenue Streams: A Strategic Approach to IP,” Association of Corporate Counsel (Georgia Chapter), May 11, 2015
· “Managing IP Litigation for the Law Firm and Client,” SpringPosium 2015
· “Subject-Matter Eligibility: Patent Owners’ Foot-in-the-Door Problem,” BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, April 3, 2015
· “Supreme Court 2015: It’s All About the Facts,” State Bar of Georgia, February 10, 2015.
· “Different Outcomes in Similar Patent-Eligibility Cases,” Law360, February 9, 2015
· “Managing Litigation in the New Era,” SpringPosium 2014
· “Will U.S. Patents Follow Wind Turbines Offshore?” North American WindPower, Vol. 11, No. 1, Feb. 2014
· “Joint Infringement, Patent Reform, and the Impact of Non-Practicing Entities on Patent Law Strategies and Litigation,” Impact of Recent Patent Law Cases and Developments, Thomson Reuters, 2012 ed.
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, JD, 2002
- Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington, 1999-2000
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, BSME, 1999, cum laude
- Activities and Societies: Alpha Tau Omega
Talbot School of Theology, 2018, MA
· United States Patent & Trademark Office (Registered to Practice)
· United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
· United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
· United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
· United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
· United States Court of Federal Claims
· Atlanta IP Inn of Court
· State Bar of Georgia (Section on Intellectual Property)
Cortney lives near Atlanta with his wife, Claire, and their six children.