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Robert J. Barz

Partner
+1.312.807.4233
Fax +1.312.827.1265

Robert J. Barz concentrates his practice on patent litigation across a wide variety of technology areas including electrical-mechanical devices, computer software and hardware, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biochemistry. Mr. Barz also has broad experience with trademark, trade secret, unfair competition and copyright litigation. Mr. Barz’s intellectual property litigation experience and technical background have also lent themselves to Patent and Trademark Office litigation.

Mr. Barz has experience trying complex cases in Federal Court and before the International Trade Commission. Specifically, he has participated in all aspects of litigation including preparing and participating in direct and cross examination of fact and expert witnesses, briefing and participating in Markman hearings, arguing motions, taking and defending depositions of witnesses, drafting summary judgment motions and working with technical experts on complex technical and legal matters. He has developed and implemented litigation strategy and counseled clients in a variety of patent-related matters, including ownership, inventorship, validity, non-infringement, trade secret misappropriation and damages.

Mr. Barz also has experience litigating matters in the Patent and Trademark Office. Specifically, he has litigated numerous cases before both the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

While he studied Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University, Mr. Barz also played on the varsity football team from 1998-2001.

  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a medical device company in a case involving multiple abdominal aortic aneurysm stent delivery system patents. Successfully oversaw the technical aspects of the case which involved coordination with and testimony by multiple medical doctors and engineers. In addition to district court litigation, the matter involved an Inter Partes Review proceeding.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a medical device company as plaintiff’s counsel in a patent infringement lawsuit involving peritoneal dialysis machines. Led the technical review of the infringing devices and the prior art and coordination of expert and corporate witnesses. After filing for summary judgment of infringement, the case settled successfully.
  • Obtained favorable settlement and monetary award for Defendant in a complex six year, multiple party case in the District of Nevada related to computer software and hardware for slot machine systems. Successfully briefed and argued multiple discovery, summary judgment and pretrial motions related to patent infringement, validity, ownership, inventorship and damages.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a major manufacturer/retailer defendant in a case involving patent infringement, trademark infringement, unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets in the District of Montana. Settlement was reached after successful summary judgment motions on nearly every issue in the case.
  • Successfully defended a respondent in a 337 Investigation through appeal to the Federal Circuit. Participated in all aspects of the investigation and appeal, including drafting the appellee’s brief to the Federal Circuit.
  • Defended multiple respondents in a 337 Investigation regarding patent infringement before the United States International Trade Commission. Participated in all aspects of the investigation including drafting discovery requests and responses, taking depositions, drafting motions, preparing expert reports and preparing witnesses for the hearing.
  • Assisted in at least seven separate inter partes review filings before the Patent Office as a petitioner. All seven of the petitions resulted in instituted proceedings.
  • Assisted in all phases of successful inter partes and ex parte reexaminations before the Patent Office.
  • Successfully tried an Opposition before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, procuring a registered trademark for his client over the registrant’s trademark.
  • Drafted opinions regarding patent validity and infringement for electrical-mechanical devices, including slot machines, and various mechanical devices.
  • Prosecuted patent applications related to various inventions including computer software and hardware for slot machines and computerized teaching programs.
  • Drafted warranty, license, user agreement and instruction manual for a portable GPS system.
  • Represented applicant for political asylum in pro bono matter before the United States Immigration Court.