Professional Biography
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Kourtney Mueller Merrill Partner

  • Denver

    D +1.303.291.2388

    F +1.303.291.2488


    1900 Sixteenth Street, Suite 1400

    Denver, CO 80202-5255




Kourtney Mueller Merrill focuses on intellectual property strategy and litigation, including patent litigation, inter partes review (IPR) proceedings, and complex commercial litigation involving intellectual property issues. Kourtney has successfully represented leading technology companies in some of their most important and challenging intellectual property matters for over a decade and excels at early and creative dispute resolution.

Kourtney litigates intellectual property disputes around the country, including before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and a number of federal district courts and state courts. She is experienced in all phases of litigation and works with clients in technical fields including semiconductors, software, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. In addition to Kourtney’s extensive patent experience, she advises clients on design patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and unfair competition.

Kourtney is also a volunteer attorney for the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center domestic violence guardian ad litem program for children affected by temporary protective order proceedings in the Denver County Court.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Denver's Top Lawyers by 5280 Denver's Mile High Magazine, 2024
  • Listed in Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000, 2022-2024
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America: Litigation - Intellectual Property; Patent Law, 2024
  • Listed in Super Lawyers, "Colorado Rising Stars," Intellectual Property, 2018-2020
  • Selected to Colorado General Counsel Group Advisor Program, 2018-2020

Related Employment

  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Denver, CO, Associate, 2005-2011; Summer Associate, 2004
  • Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP, Kansas City, MO, Summer Associate, 2004; Legal Intern, 2003





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Colorado
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas


  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors, Order of the Coif, 2005
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, B.S., Biological Systems Engineering, with highest distinction, 2002