Cortney Alexander


Cortney has nearly 15 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 appellate proceedings before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. As illustrated by the representative matters listed below, his work has involved a wide range of technologies, including wind-turbine technology, various Internet technologies, distributed networking, pattern-recognition technology, medical devices, and artificial sports playing fields.

Representative Matters

  • POWERbahn, LLC v. Foundation Fitness LLC and Wahoo Fitness, LLC, et al., 1:17-cv-2965 and 1:19-cv-1678 (N.D. Ga.). Representing technology innovator in asserting patents related to control systems for exercise equipment that better simulate real-life athletic conditions.

  • SynchView Technologies, LLC v. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC, ARRIS International Public Limited Company, Technicolor USA, Inc., et al. (various courts). Representing SynchView Technologies 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.

  • Zipit Wireless, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc., No. 6:18-cv-2016 (D.S.C.). Representing small business in asserting patents relating to the use of emoticons in WiFi-capable handheld devices.

  • E-System Design, Inc. v. Mentor Graphics Corporation, No. 19-1589 (Fed. Cir.). Representing E-System in its appeal of the district court’s determination that claims regarding electronic design automation are indefinite.

  • Interval Licensing LLC v. AOL Inc., No. 2:10-cv-01385 (W.D. Wa. June 16, 2016). Represented AOL in obtaining judgment that certain claims asserted by Paul Allen’s Interval Licensing were invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101. 

  • Interval Licensing LLC v. AOL Inc., 766 F.3d 1364 (Fed. Cir. 2014). Represented AOL in the trial court and led briefing for all defendants in the Federal Circuit in successfully defending the trial court’s ruling that claims asserted by Interval Licensing were indefinite.

  • Celgard, LLC v. SK Innovation Co., Ltd., 793 F.3d 1373 (Fed. Cir. 2015). Represented SKI at both the trial court and Federal Circuit in obtaining dismissal of Celgard’s complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction.

  • Represented Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in long-running dispute against General Electric Co., including an appeal to the Federal Circuit that resulted in settlement of all outstanding disputes.

  • In re Certain Semiconductor Chips Having Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory Controllers and Products Containing Same (ITC). Assisted Rambus in ITC investigation resulting in initial determination of infringement by 10 defendants.

  • Hutchinson Industries, Inc. v. Accuride Corporation (D.N.J.). Obtained pre-discovery grant of summary judgment of no liability for infringement on behalf of defendant supplying government contractors with wheels for mine-resistant all-terrain vehicles.

  • Represented multiple veterans of the U.S. military in appeals relating to claims for disability benefits before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Cortney also has experience with strategic patent portfolio development, in which he uses his litigation experience to help clients develop patent portfolios that provide tangible protection to their business and revenue streams.  


Cortney began his legal career as an associate with Frost Brown Todd LLC in Louisville, Kentucky. He joined Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP as an associate in 2005. He was named a partner at Finnegan in 2011, and continued working in their Atlanta office until joining Kent & Risley in 2017.


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

  • “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, Mechanical, Biomedical, and Electrical Engineering1999, cum laude

 - Activities and Societies:  Alpha Tau Omega


  • Georgia

  • Kentucky

  • 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


Professional Activities

  • Atlanta Bar Association, President of Section on Intellectual Property

  • Atlanta IP Inn of Court

  • State Bar of Georgia (Section on Intellectual Property)



Cortney lives near Atlanta with his wife, Claire, and their four children. He is active in High Tech Ministries, leading a weekly meeting at the Atlanta Technology Development Center. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Send56, which trains and funds native African missionaries in Uganda and Kenya.

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