May 6, 2024 ( Santa Monica, CA) – Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP, a leading Patent Trial & Appeals Board (PTAB) litigation firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Dennis Courtney as partner, as well as Granville Kaufmann and Kenneth Wang as associates.  

Nathan Lowenstein, Managing Partner with Lowenstein & Weatherwax, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Dennis, Granville, and Kenneth as the newest additions to the firm.  The significant experience and knowledge they bring will allow us to expand our capabilities and offer an even greater benefit to our clients.”   

Dennis Courtney, a highly regarded district court and PTAB litigator, joins the firm as its fourth partner.  He has extensive experience in both inter partes review (IPR) proceedings and patent litigation in federal district and appellate courts, representing or advising clients in matters involving numerous technological areas, including semiconductors, network security hardware and software, power management in mobile devices, smart phone interfaces, biotechnology for small molecule identification, and aerospace manufacturing.

Prior to joining Lowenstein & Weatherwax, Dennis practiced at Irell & Manella LLP.  He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude and has a Ph.D. in Mathematics from UC Berkeley.  

Granville Kaufman, an experienced patent litigator who previously practiced at Wilson Sonsini, joins L&W as an associate.  Granville obtained his J.D. from UCLA School of Law and his BS in Nanoengineering from UC San Diego.  

Kenneth Wang previously practiced at Knobbe Martens and has significant experience litigating patents in both the district court and before the PTAB and prosecution and reexamination of patents before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Kenneth obtained his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, graduating magna cum laude, has an MS in Biotechnology from Northwestern University, and has Chemistry and Biology degrees from the New College of Florida.

Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP is one of the top PTAB litigation firms in the country. In its first seven years, L&W has represented clients in nearly 350 IPRs/CBMs before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board.  In 2023, industry analyst Patexia reported that Lowenstein & Weatherwax was the fifth most active and the 16thbest performing law firm representing patent owners out of 835 firms studied for the period 2019-2023.  Lowenstein & Weatherwax also has a thriving appellate practice and has represented clients in over 60 Federal Circuit matters.  In 2021, L&W’s founding partners purchased an office building in Santa Monica for the firm and L&W has additional plans to expand its office footprint in the coming year.