Kari Barnes has over 15 years of experience in complex intellectual property matters. She advises clients on a broad range of Intellectual Property prosecution and associated transactional endeavors. She also assists in the defense and enforcement of Intellectual Property assets to protect market share and monetize IP portfolios. Ms. Barnes is proficient in domestic and international patent prosecution for a wide variety of technologies, including electronic devices, computer hardware and software, aerospace, and medical devices.
Ms. Barnes currently advises a number of technology companies around the Alice decision—a Supreme Court case ruling a software method unpatentable as an abstract idea. Her experience in technology patent prosecution includes identifying users on a network, propensity assessments based on user activities, data transfer through storage area networks, devices and methods for secure remote access, data encryption and transfer, authentication methods and algorithms, statistical assessments for medical analysis based on historical data sets, devices and signal processing for long range communication systems, electronic hardware accessories for mobile and computer devices, user interface hardware and software for controlling mobile devices, and devices and methods for augmented or virtual reality systems including distortion correction, personalization detection and calibration.
Ms. Barnes has extensive experience assisting aerospace, medical device, and other companies and the unique needs of these companies as they work with the government under government contracts. The intellectual property requirements and obligations change under many of the regulations defining government contract terms, and Ms. Barnes has extensive experience guiding and counseling clients through these complex regulations. She has participated on a number of government sponsored programs supporting recipients of the Small Business Innovative Research grants, and has lectured groups, and counseled clients on how to maintain and maximize intellectual property rights in view of these regulations. Ms. Barnes has counseled aerospace companies including light weight space inflatables, self-navigating aircraft, drones, and long range communication systems under the SBIR grants of the DoD, NASA, MDA, and JPL, and medical device companies including in field diagnostic and medical devices under the SBIR grants of the army, DoD, and NIH.
Ms. Barnes currently advises a large international medical device company on its intellectual property strategy, including creating and maintaining a foreign and domestic patent portfolio; offensive and defensive opinions regarding infringement, freedom to operate, and patentability; as well as assessing the intellectual property assets of potential acquisitions. She has prosecuted a large number of patents protecting stents, catheters, catheter placement systems, needle safety devices, ultrasound devices, urological slings, and other implants and delivery systems. She also advises a number of mid-sized and smaller medical device companies in their intellectual property portfolio strategy and implementation.
She counsels large companies on a cost effective strategy to maintain protection on a large market share, while balancing the cost of a large portfolio. She counsels small businesses and start-ups on intellectual property strategy and portfolio planning to protect an emerging market share or to retain and maximize intellectual property rights in view of joint venture research and development, and government grants.
Prior to joining Buchalter, Ms. Barnes was an attorney at Rutan & Tucker, LLP and Morrison Foerster, litigating and prosecuting patents for large companies involving toys, storage area networks, medical devices, DVD technologies, cell phones, and computer hardware interfaces, including touch screens. Prior to law school, Ms. Barnes instructed at the Colorado School of Mines’ Physics Department. As an adjunct professor, she taught undergraduate physics courses in mechanics and electromagnetism. She was also a researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the opto-electronics department.