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Mr. Fortkort is registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office, and is also licensed to practice law in Texas, Maryland and Minnesota. He is also admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the U.S. Federal Court for the District of Maryland, and the U.S. Federal Court for the District of Minnesota.

Mr. Fortkort’s practice includes the preparation of patent applications; domestic and foreign patent prosecution; portfolio development and management; the preparation of patent-related legal opinions, including freedom to operate opinions, non-infringement opinions, and invalidity opinions; patent-related transactional work, including the drafting and negotiation of confidentiality agreements, licensing agreements, and contracts; patent enforcement, patent litigation, and interference proceedings; and general client counseling in the field of intellectual property.

Prior to joining FORTKORT & HOUSTON P.C., Mr. Fortkort worked as a partner at Mayer Fortkort & Williams PC, where he headed the firm's office in Austin, Texas. Prior to that, he served as in-house patent counsel for the Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company (3M) for more than five years, where he worked both at 3M's St. Paul, Minnesota and Austin, Texas locations. While at 3M, Mr. Fortkort served as patent counsel to 3M's Specialty Chemicals Division, Specialty Films Division, Film/Light Management Technology Center, and Telecommunications Division, among others. The patent portfolios Mr. Fortkort helped to develop while at 3M support some of the company’s most profitable product offerings and businesses. Before that, Mr. Fortkort worked as an associate in Washington, D.C. at the law firms of Dickinson, Wright, Moon, Van Dusen & Freeman, and Finnegan Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner.

Prior to entering legal practice, Mr. Fortkort worked as a patent associate in Crystal City, Virginia where he performed various types of literature searches at the U.S. Patent Office relating to patentability, infringement and validity studies. Before that, Mr. Fortkort was a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University, where he performed graduate level research relating to the synthesis and study of organometallic superconductors and novel heterocyclic compounds, and also wrote software programs for mass spectral analyses.

Mr. Fortkort has worked with clients in several different areas of technology relating to the fields of chemistry, semiconductor devices and semiconductor fabrication processes, optics, industrial processes, mechanical engineering, consumer products, e-commerce, and software and computer-related technologies.

Mr. Fortkort earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the George Washington University National Law Center (1993). He also holds an M.A. in Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University (1990), and graduated magna cum laude from St. Bonaventure University (1986) as a double major with B.S. degrees in both chemistry and mathematics.

Mr. Fortkort is a member of Mensa, Intertel, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Chemical Society.


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