Overview Experience Events News Intelligence Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff Partner cbrinckerhoff foley.com Download vCard Connect Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff @pharmapatents Courtenay Brinckerhoff is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Ms. Brinckerhoff’s practice focuses on client counseling in all aspects of obtaining, licensing and enforcing patents and conducting freedom-to-operate and due diligence investigations. She is chair of the firm’s IP Law and Practice committee, immediate past vice chair of the firm’s Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice and a member of the firm's Patent Trials group, Appellate Practice and Life Sciences Industry Team. She also is involved with Foley’s Medical Device Initiative and Nutraceuticals Team. Ms. Brinckerhoff is the editor and primary author for Foley’s PharmaPatentsBlog.com. Over the past 20 years, Ms. Brinckerhoff has represented clients before the U.S. Patent Office, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and has been involved in complex patent matters, including a four party interference, Inter Partes Reexamination processings, and Inter Partes Review proceedings. Ms. Brinckerhoff works with clients in diverse industries, including pharmaceuticals (chemical and biotechnological), human and animal food products, nutraceuticals, and medical devices. She has particular experience with transdermal pharmaceutical products (patches, gels and liquids), oral dosage forms (including controlled release and extended release formulations), enzyme-based technologies, diagnostic and therapeutic antibodies, active and passive immunization therapies, and personalized medicine. Ms. Brinckerhoff joined Foley as an associate in the fall of 2001, after clerking for the Honorable Judge Schall on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to her clerkship, she worked at Foley as a patent agent and law clerk. Recognition Ms. Brinckerhoff was recognized among IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2014) for prosecution. She was also named one of the Top Women in IP by Managing IP and was named an IP Star by Managing IP in 2015. Education Ms. Brinckerhoff graduated from George Mason University School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1999) as valedictorian of her class. While a law student, she served as a member of the George Mason University Law Review and published an article in the University of Baltimore Intellectual Property Law Journal related to legislation that limits liability for infringement of medical method patents. Ms. Brinckerhoff graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in chemistry, with distinction, in 1988 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1988, Ms. Brinckerhoff received an award for outstanding achievement in chemistry from the Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society. Thought Leadership Ms. Brinckerhoff has been following U.S. patent reform since its inception, and she and other Foley colleagues recently co-authored the treatise, America Invents Act: Law & Analysis (Wolters Kluwer 2012). The interface between patent law and FDA law is another area of interest to Ms. Brinckerhoff, who has written and spoken on issues, including patent term extensions, the scope of the Hatch-Waxman “safe harbor,” the ANDA litigation framework, and the new follow-on biologics framework. Ms. Brinckerhoff regularly contributes to the "Genes & Patents" column of Genetic Engineering News, and is on the editorial board for BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal. She writes and speaks on topics important to clients in the chemical, biotechnological, pharmaceutical, food, nutraceutical and medical device industries, and has been an invited speaker at the AIPLA Annual Meeting, the FDLI Annual Meeting, and the annual Advanced Patent Law Institute presented by The University of Texas School of Law, The United States Patent and Trademark Office, and George Mason University School of Law.