I am a trial lawyer who advocates for my clients inside and outside the courtroom, regarding their IP and business needs.

Mr. Barber represents his clients in all aspects of their intellectual property protection and enforcement. He has experience litigating patent and trademark matters in federal courts throughout the country and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Barber's experience in patent matters primarily focuses on mechanical, electrical, and optical technologies.

Mr. Barber also represents clients in their complex commercial disputes. He regularly represents clients in business defamation, fraud, tortious interference, and breach of contract matters. Mr. Barber has extensive experience defending the officers and directors of companies from lawsuits involving corporate negligence, insider dealing, fraud, and other D&O matters.

Services

Business Litigation

In courtrooms, agencies, and tribunals across the country, we pursue our clients’ interests–both cost-effectively and with positive results.

Credentials

Education

  • University of Illinois College of Law
    • J.D., magna cum laude
  • Northwestern University
    • B.S., Electrical Engineering

Memberships

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
    • Commercial Litigation Committee, Chair, 2016-2017

Admissions

  • Illinois, 2008
  • Michigan, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2015
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2009

Professional Achievements

  • Illinois Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2014-2018

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Obtained dismissal of a breach of contract action against a human resources software company in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The Plaintiff claimed breach of a settlement agreement through a clumsy attempt at a poison-pill clause. We carefully and clearly argued the plain language of the agreement could not support Plaintiff's theory. The Court agreed and dismissed the action. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals summarily affirmed the District Court.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement in patent infringement lawsuit on behalf of an inventor in the Eastern District of Texas after a successful result in a claim construction hearing. The team successfully argued against the defendant's attempts to force means-plus-function language into a process patent claim. The claim construction ruling made a determination of infringement much more likely, leading to the favorable settlement.
  • Obtained dismissal of trademark infringement action against a manufacturing company in the Northern District of Illinois after previously defeating a motion for temporary restraining order. The Plaintiff asserted trademark infringement through metatags to direct online shopping search results. We successfully argued to the Court that the Plaintiff's allegations were based on speculation and contained no factual support.
  • Following a one-week jury trial, we obtained a favorable settlement for our client during jury deliberations on a claim involving common law investor fraud.

Presentations

  • Chicago Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Committee Meeting, "Halo and the Current State of Enhanced Patent Damages," March 27, 2018, Chicago, IL.
  • Chicago Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Committee Meeting, "Standard Setting Organizations and RAND Obligations," October 27, 2015, Chicago, IL.

Community

Community

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Barber was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa.

As a Peace Corps Volunteer, he taught high school math and science in a rural village. Mr. Barber also consulted with the Ghanaian Ministry of Education on the implementation of a restructured primary school literacy program. His role was to train local teachers in the new literacy curriculum and assist local education officers in monitoring and evaluating grant money for the program.