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Ms. Sharon Barner R.

Vice President and General Counsel

Cummins Inc

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Cummins Inc

500 Jackson Street

Columbus, Indiana 47201

United States

Company Description

Cummins Inc. is engaged in the designing, manufacturing, distributing and servicing diesel and natural gas engines, electric power generation systems and engine-related component products, including filtration and exhaust after treatment, fuel systems, co ... more

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Employment History

Foley & Lardner LLP


Advisory Board Member
PTO Patent Practice

Deputy Under Secretary
Commercefor Intellectual Property

Illinois State Bar Association

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce
IP.com Inc

Co-Chair of the Section of the Intellectual Property Committee On Patent System Policy Planning
Management Committee


University of Michigan Law School

Bachelor of Science degree

Syracuse University


The University of Michigan


University of Michigan Law School

bachelor’s degree
Syracuse University

law degree

University of Michigan

law degree

University of Michigan Law School

science degree

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Sharon Barner

Sharon is Vice President and General Counsel for Cummins Inc., where she is responsible for worldwide legal matters and oversees a team of lawyers, paralegals and other professionals. With more than 30 years of experience in the legal profession, Sharon primarily specializes in intellectual property law. Prior to joining Cummins, she served as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). During the two years she spent in that role, Sharon led 15 foreign missions to meet with government representatives, as well as leaders in academia and industry to raise awareness about the impact of intellectual property on business and innovation. She has spent the majority of her career in private practice, most recently at the law firm of Foley & Lardner in Chicago, where she led the firm’s Intellectual Property Department, a team of more than 200 intellectual property lawyers. Sharon received the 2013 American Inns of Court Professionalism award for the 7th Circuit and the 2011 Women of Vision award from the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. She was named one of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal in 2008 and an Illinois “Super Lawyer� by Law & Politics Media Inc. (2005-2011) for her intellectual property litigation work. She is a graduate of Syracuse University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and went on to receive a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

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"If the Supreme Court determines that the standards are too high right now, it would raise the bar of patentability," said Sharon Barner, a partner at law firm Foley & Lardner. "You would have fewer patents coming out (and) it would impact investment in innovation."

Barner said patents that were already granted could be struck down for not truly being innovative, and that would make corporations that were heavily invested in research and development think twice before funding certain projects or ideas.


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Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Appoints Sharon Barner Deputy Director of the

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke appointed Sharon Barner to the post of deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Sharon is a deeply qualified IP attorney and her experience is an important addition to the USPTO senior leadership as they reshape the office and work with Congress to pass comprehensive patent reform."
Barner is a top attorney in the field of intellectual property with 23 years of legal experience. She is currently a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP in Chicago and chairs the firm's Intellectual Property Department. Her experience spans clients in fields including those involved in patent, trademark and copyright disputes and also technical science fields such as genetically engineered foods, computers and satellites.
Serving under Kappos, Barner will take charge of an office that provides incentives to encourage innovation and technological advancement, and helps businesses protect their investments, promote their goods and safeguard against deception in the marketplace.
Over the past ten years, Barner has been featured as a top intellectual property lawyer in The National Law Journal, Black Enterprise Magazine, Diversity and the Bar and IP Law & Business and was recognized in the Illinois Super Lawyers for her intellectual property litigation work. Barner also regularly writes and lectures on several intellectual property topics including business counseling, patent litigation and risk management.
Barner received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Syracuse University and a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1982.

NEWS - E-commerce patent threat

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A decade ago, it would have been quite unusual for someone to claim patent rights over a widely used technology, but in recent years that has changed radically, said Sharon Barner, a Chicago-based intellectual property attorney with the firm of Foley & Lardner.

"It's a bit like product liability litigation," Barner said. "It started off small but has gotten bigger and more outrageous--like suing McDonald's for making you fat."
Difficult to challenge
A problem, Barner said, is that in the United States it is difficult and expensive to overturn a patent in court. Unlike many other countries this nation does not have a practical way to challenge patents inexpensively in the patent office, she said.
The reaction by Cable and some other small-business operators to band together and fight what appears to be an unreasonable lawsuit is typical, Barner said.

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Sharon R. Barner, Esq., Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP, Chicago

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