and Jeanne Gills Featured in Diversity & The Bar
CHICAGO - Foley & Lardner attorneys Sharon Barner
and Jeanne Gills were recently recognized by the Minority Corporate Council Association (MCCA) and the American Intellectual Property Law Association
(AIPLA) as top minority intellectual property attorneys.
...Barner was named the best minority intellectual property attorney by the MCCA and AIPLA.
As chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Department, Barner
success to "having very good mentors to guide and assist me, having a firm that supports the IP practice the way Foley does, having excellent lawyers and technology as resources, and being able to back these things based upon my good science and legal training."
With more than 20 years of experience in trial, client counseling and intellectual property dispute resolution, Barner's practice ranges from developing IP strategies for technical start up companies to trials for multinational companies.She is a member of Foley & Lardner's Management Committee, co-chair of the American Bar Institute's section of the Intellectual Property Committee on Patent System Policy Planning, a board member of the Chicago Lawyers Committee and board director of Grateful Hand Foundation, a rehabilitation charitable organization in the greater Chicago area.Barner received her law degree from the University of Michigan in 1982 and graduated with a bachelor of science degree, cum laude, from Syracuse University in 1979.She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the National Bar Association, and the Federal and American Bar Associations and is admitted to practice in Ohio, Illinois and before the Federal, Sixth and Seventh Circuits.
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...Sharon R. Barner
...Sharon R. Barner is a partner in Foley & Lardner's Chicago office and is the chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Barner
has 20 years of experience in trial, client counseling and settlement of corporate and commercial matters, including technology licensing, directors' and officers' liability issues, insurance defense, and contract dispute litigation.She
has concentrated her
litigation skills in intellectual property and technology disputes, particularly patent infringement litigation.She
has represented the interests of multinational corporations, manufacturers, service companies, municipalities, and universities.Among other matters, she
represented Pioneer Hi-Bred International in genetically engineered corn seed litigation, successfully tried a six-week jury trial involving misappropriation of trade secrets, secured a $2.6 million damage award in Rockwell Graphics v. Dev, Inc.
, and successfully represented Hughes Aircraft Co.
, in a 10-month patent infringement trial against the United States involving infringement of satellite stabilizing technology resulting in an award of $154 million dollars.Ms Barner
writes and lectures frequently on a variety of intellectual property topics including: "Inventorship Issues in Litigation" (American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans, 1999), "Domestic and International Patent Practice-Overview of Patent Litigation", (June 1999), "Safeguarding Confidential and Trade Secret Information-Protecting the Company's Crown Jewels" (American Corporate Counsel Association, April 1999; Patent Litigation 2000), "The Battle Royale, Taking Aim at Patented inventions with Section 112 Invalidity Defenses" (Practicing Law Institute, October 2000; Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2000), "Litigation Perspective on Licensing", (Practicing Law Institute).Ms. Barner received her law degree from the University of Michigan in 1982 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from Syracuse University in 1979.She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the National Bar Association, Federal and American Bar Associations and serves on the Board of Directors of Grateful Hand Foundation, a rehabilitation charitable organization in Chicago.She
is admitted to practice in Ohio, Illinois, and before the Federal, Sixth and Seventh Circuits.