Sharon R. Barner
Ralf Boer, Sharon Barner and Catherine Sun Quoted in China Daily on IP Law in China
Sharon R. Barner
Sharon R. Barner is a partner with Foley and chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Department.
Ms. Barner is also a member of the firm's Management Committee and was the former chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice.
In addition to her membership in the IP Litigation and International Practices, Ms. Barner is a member of the Automotive and Food Industry Teams.
technical science background is in biology, she
has represented clients in a broad range of technologies from genetically engineered foods, to computers to satellites.
also represents clients in patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition disputes.
23 years of legal experience, she
has represented the interests of multinational corporations, manufacturers, service companies, municipalities, and universities in strategic counseling and risk management.
Among other matters, she
represented Pioneer Hi-Bred International in genetically engineered corn seed litigation and successfully tried a six-week jury trial involving misappropriation of trade secrets, securing a $2.6 million damage award in Rockwell Graphics v. Dev, Inc.
also 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.
She is a leading attorney in the field of intellectual property and was featured as a top intellectual property lawyer in leading magazines, including The National Law Journal, where she was named one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" (May 2008), Black Enterprise Magazine (November 2003), Diversity and the Bar (May/June 2003) and "Patent Plums: Who's Enforcing the Most Important Patents" IP Law & Business (August 2001).
was also selected as an Illinois "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics Media, Inc.
intellectual property litigation work (2005-2008).* Ms. Barner
was named in the top 50 Women Illinois "Super Lawyers" in 2006 and 2007.
writes and lectures frequently on a variety of intellectual property topics including patent litigation, business counseling and risk management.
has authored numerous articles including "Contending
with Patents in Financial Services," The National Law Journal
, January 2005; "IP Protection is Critical to Combating Counterfeiting in a Global Marketplace (2003); "China Outsourcing: A Technology-Based Strategy
for Manufacture and Protection for the Domestic and Global Markets (Barner and Wegner, 2004); "Safeguarding Confidential and Trade Secret Informationâ€"Protecting the Company's Crown Jewels" (American Corporate Counsel Association, April 1999).
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 trustees of La Rabida Children's Hospital in Chicago.
is admitted to practice in Ohio, Illinois, and before the Federal, Sixth and Seventh Circuits.