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Ms. Sharon R. Barner

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Vice President and General Counse...

Local Address: Columbus, Indiana, United States
Cummins Inc
21810 Clessie Court
New Hudson , Michigan 48165
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...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Bachelor of Science degree
    Syracuse University
  • law degree
    University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Science cum laude , Biology
    Syracuse University
  • J.D.
    The University of Michigan
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0001541520 Barner Sharon R 500 JACKSON STREET COLUMBUS IN 47201 1 VP - Gen. Counsel
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Sharon Barner
Director Sharon Barner, Director, has been Vice President, General Counsel, of Cummins Inc. since January 30, 2012. Prior to joining Cummins, Sharon was the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office from 2009 through 2011. From 1996 to 2009 she was an attorney and partner with the international law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP where, among other positions, she chaired the Intellectual Property Department and the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. She was also a member of the Executive Management Committee for the firm from 2003 through 2009.
Sharon was named as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" by The National Law Journal (May 2008). Sharon was also named to the list of the top 50 women "Super Lawyers" in Illinois in 2006-2011 by Law & Politics Media, Inc. for intellectual property litigation work (2005-2011). She was also named top Intellectual Property Lawyer in Black Enterprise Magazine in November, 2003, and top Intellectual Property Lawyer in Diversity and the Bar in May/June, 2003. Other accolades include "Patent Plums: Who's Enforcing the Most Important Patents" IP Law & Business (August 2001), and she was featured and profiled in a 2008 story entitled "The IP Wild West: Sharon Barner Takes on China," Crain's Chicago. From 2007 through 2009, Sharon served on the Board of Directors for La Rabida Children's Hospital, Chicago, Illinois; and has been the Chair of the Conflicts Committee since May 2012. In 1979, Sharon received Bachelor of Science degrees in Political Science and in Psychology from Syracuse University and she received her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1982.
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It is intended that the accompanying proxy will be voted for the election, as directors, of Jay Walker, Jonathan Ellenthal, Nathaniel J. Lipman, Robert Kelly, Sharon Barner and Harvey W. Schiller, Ph.D., unless the proxy contains contrary instructions.
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Sharon Barner, Director, has been Vice President, General Counsel, of Cummins Inc. (NYSE;CMI) since January 30, 2012. Prior to joining Cummins, Sharon was the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office from 2009 through 2011. From 1996 to 2009 she was an attorney and partner with the international law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP where, among other positions, she chaired the Intellectual Property Department and the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. She was also a member of the Executive Management Committee for the firm from 2003 through 2009. Ms. Barner was named as one of “The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal (May 2008). Ms. Barner was also named to the list of the top 50 women “Super Lawyers” in Illinois in 2006-2011 by Law & Politics Media, Inc. for intellectual property litigation work (2005-2011). She was also named top Intellectual Property Lawyer in Black Enterprise Magazine in November, 2003, and top Intellectual Property Lawyer in Diversity and the Bar in May/June, 2003. Other accolades include “Patent Plums: Who’s Enforcing the Most Important Patents” IP Law & Business (August 2001), and she was featured and profiled in a 2008 story entitled “The IP Wild West: Sharon Barner Takes on China,” Crain’s Chicago. From 2007 through 2009, Ms. Barner served on the Board of Directors for La Rabida Children’s Hospital, Chicago, Illinois; and has been the Chair of the Conflicts Committee since May 2012. In 1979, Ms. Barner received bachelor of science degrees in Political Science and in Psychology from Syracuse University and she received her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1982.
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Sharon Barner. The Board believes that Ms. Barner’s intellectual property law background, including her service as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and as Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, will provide the Board with valuable insight with respect to patent and patent-enforcement matters.
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The Board has determined that each of Mr. Lipman, Mr. Kelly and Ms. Barner is “independent” under the independence standards of NASDAQ and applicable Commission rules.
Sharon ...
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Sharon Barner
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Sharon Barner, Director, has been Vice President, General Counsel, of Cummins Inc. since January 30, 2012. Prior to joining Cummins, Sharon was the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office from 2009 through 2011.  From 1996 to 2009 she was an attorney and partner with the international law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP where, among other positions, she chaired the Intellectual Property Department and the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group.  She was also a member of the Executive Management Committee for the firm from 2003 through 2009.  Ms. Barner was named as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" by The National Law Journal (May 2008).  Ms. Barner was also named to the list of the top 50 women "Super Lawyers" in Illinois in 2006-2011 by Law & Politics Media, Inc. for intellectual property litigation work (2005-2011).  She was also named top Intellectual Property Lawyer in Black Enterprise Magazine in November, 2003, and top Intellectual Property Lawyer in Diversity and the Bar in May/June, 2003.  Other accolades include "Patent Plums: Who's Enforcing the Most Important Patents" IP Law & Business (August 2001), and she was featured and profiled in a 2008 story entitled "The IP Wild West: Sharon Barner Takes on China," Crain's Chicago.  From 2007 through 2009, Ms. Barner served on the Board of Directors for La Rabida Children's Hospital, Chicago, Illinois; and has been the Chair of the Conflicts Committee since May 2012.  In 1979, Ms. Barner received bachelor of science degrees in Political Science and in Psychology from Syracuse University and she received her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1982.
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Sharon Barner. The Board believes that Ms. Barner's intellectual property law background, including her service as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and as Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, will provide the Board with valuable insight with respect to patent and patent-enforcement matters.
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Following the change in our Board of Directors, we believe that Mr. Lipman, Mr. Kelly and Ms. Barner will qualify as independent directors.
Foley & Lardner LLP - Our People - Sharon R. Barner
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Sharon R. Barner
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Ralf Boer, Sharon Barner and Catherine Sun Quoted in China Daily on IP Law in China
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Sharon R. Barner Partner
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.
While her technical science background is in biology, she has represented clients in a broad range of technologies from genetically engineered foods, to computers to satellites. She also represents clients in patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition disputes. In her 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. She 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). She was also selected as an Illinois "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics Media, Inc. for her intellectual property litigation work (2005-2008).* Ms. Barner was named in the top 50 Women Illinois "Super Lawyers" in 2006 and 2007.
Ms. Barner writes and lectures frequently on a variety of intellectual property topics including patent litigation, business counseling and risk management. She 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. She is admitted to practice in Ohio, Illinois, and before the Federal, Sixth and Seventh Circuits.
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