Sharon R. Barner
Q&A With Foley & Lardner's Sharon Barner in IP Law360
Sharon R. Barner
Sharon R. Barner is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP 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.
practice has included a particular focus on Asian practice, complementing her
traditional patent litigation practice area.
Ms. Barner has frequently lectured in both China and Japan and has played a leadership role in the establishment of the firm's offices in both Shanghai and Tokyo.
From cases involving cutting-edge issues of technology, to the Internet, to product configuration, to biotechnology, to work tools, she has successfully represented individual inventors, Fortune 500 companies and foreign companies, as lead counsel in numerous federal district courts.
represented Pioneer Hi-Bred International in genetically engineered corn seed litigation; Hughes Aircraft Co.
in satellite stabilization technology in a 10-month patent infringement trial against the United States, resulting in an award of $154 million; MLB Advanced Media on business method patents concerning access to baseball stats on the Internet, winning a motion to dismiss on behalf of MLBAM, on appeal aff'd in part, rev'd in part, (currently on remand); and Hewlett-Packard
in network management patents, securing dismissal on numerous claims prejudice and successful settlement on behalf of HP
has been featured in 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 selected for inclusion in the Illinois Super LawyersÂ® lists for her
intellectual property litigation work (2005-2009).* Ms. Barner
was named in the top 50 Women IllinoisSuper Lawyers in 2006 and 2007.
was recently selected by her
peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in AmericaÂ® 2010 in the field of intellectual property.
Ms. Barner received her law degree from the University of Michigan in 1982 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree 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 ofÂ trustees of La Rabida Children's Hospital in Chicago.
Ms. Barner is a charter member of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court.
is admitted to practice in Ohio, Illinois, and before the Federal, Sixth and Seventh Circuits.