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Barbara Courtney

Attorney

Barbara Courtney specializes in working with technology clients to identify and protect key innovations and from those innovations, create value. Her practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property law including initial development of patent portfolios, expert assistance to patent litigation teams, preparation of opinions of counsel, and portfolio due diligence in support of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) and mergers/acquisitions.

A goal of the firm is to provide close, expert support to companies in a cost-effective manner. Each company is different, not just in the kind of product or service it develops, but in its structure, resources and objectives. Barbara strives to bring creative alternative approaches to IP portfolio development and management as a member of the company team.

Lawyer & Electrical Engineer

Barbara began her career as an electrical engineer at Xilinx, Inc. providing her with an in-depth understanding of both the development of patentable IP and the unique business requirements of technology companies. Prior to cofounding her first firm in 2002, Barbara practiced at various Silicon Valley law firms, including Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman. She holds a BSEE from San Jose State University and a JD from Santa Clara University. Beyond her affiliation with Martensen IP, Barbara is the founder of Courtney IP Law in Silicon Valley.

Bar Admissions

  • USPTO
  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist: ‘Starting a Law Firm’, information day, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2013
  • Presenter: ‘Intellectual Property 101 for non-US companies’, BlackBox Accelerator, Atherton, CA, 2013

Issued Patents

  • 9,973,579 Method and system for remote management of access to appliances
  • 9,911,065 System and method for processing image data
  • 9,807,287 Variable imaging arrangements and methods therefor
  • 9,703,798 System and method for file sharing and updating
  • 9,686,812 System and method for wireless device pairing
  • 9,479,685 Imaging arrangements and methods therefor
  • 9,213,781 System and method for processing image data
  • 9,152,623 Natural language processing system and method
  • 9,135,578 Secure targeted personal buying/selling method and system
  • 9,106,307 System and method for wireless device pairing
  • 9,100,557 Variable imaging arrangements and methods therefor
  • 9,048,923 System and method for wireless device pairing
  • 9,026,053 System and method for wireless device pairing
  • 8,953,064 Imaging arrangements and methods therefor
  • 8,949,360 Request and response aggregation system and method with request relay
  • 8,866,957 Imaging arrangements and methods therefor
  • 8,856,256 System and method for file sharing and updating
  • 8,726,203 System and method for generating virtual test benches
  • 8,717,489 Variable imaging arrangements and methods therefor
  • 8,706,810 Real-time collaborative document review and transfer method and system
  • 8,698,944 Imaging arrangements and methods therefor
  • 8,648,958 Variable imaging arrangements and methods therefor
  • 8,634,820 System and methods for enabling WiFi hotspot
  • 8,621,217 Method and apparatus for trusted branded email
  • 8,612,325 Automatic authentication and funding method
  • 8,547,475 Imaging arrangements and methods therefor
  • 8,484,133 Secure targeted personal buying/selling method and system
  • 8,395,696 Imaging arrangements and methods therefor
  • 8,358,367 Imaging arrangements and methods therefor
  • 8,358,354 Correction of optical abberations
  • 8,288,200 Semiconductor devices with conductive clips
  • 8,248,515 Variable imaging arrangements and methods therefor
  • 8,243,157 Correction of optical aberrations
  • 8,149,577 Self-cooled thyristor valve
  • 8,138,923 RFID security system and method, including security stamp
  • 8,089,330 Saturated reactor of direct current thyristor valve
  • 8,086,508 Method and apparatus for delegating authority
  • 7,964,933 Integrated circuit including power diode
  • 7,960,209 Semiconductor device assembly process
  • 7,934,109 Low power mode unipolar current/voltage mode interface
Education

  • J.D. Santa Clara University - Graduate School
    Santa Clara , CA
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering San Jose State University - Undergraduate School
    San Jose , CA
Our Values What Our Work Means
  • We Maintain A Record of Success in Achieving Patent Coverage
    Every attorney has 20+ years of experience and has drafted and prosecuted hundreds of successful patent applications.
  • We Function At The Intersection Of Business, Law And Technology

    Our experience and knowledge converge at the intersection of intellectual property and government contracting. We are uniquely positioned not just as a provider of technical counsel, but also as part of business advisory teams.

  • We Provide Superior Legal Guidance and Value
    Experience in various business and engineering disciplines creates a knowledge base that makes it possible for our attorneys to assist clients in situations where IP legal advice only makes sense if placed within the context of a client’s complete business strategy.
  • We Develop Strategies to Enhance Competitive Advantage
    We come up with great IP strategies to enhance our client’s competitive advantage but recognize that the technology will change, the environment will change, the competition will change and so will our plan; we’re ready.
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