Barbara’s experience includes litigation of intellectual property disputes involving patent, trademark, computer and Internet law; theft of trade secrets; breach of license and franchise agreements; trade dress and copyright infringement claims; and counterfeiting, unfair competition and false advertising claims. In her words, she enjoys “taking down bullies and protecting consumers from con artists.”
Barbara began her career as a staff attorney at the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Since leaving the FTC, she has developed substantial experience in legal issues that arise from the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property, such as those arising from the settlement and enforcement of patent claims, including litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act, and antitrust and patent misuse counterclaims and defenses to IP litigation.
Companies in diverse industries have relied on Barbara for counseling and litigation matters, including the automotive industry and various automotive parts suppliers; producers and vendors of computer hardware and software, silicon wafers, lasers, medical devices, prescription/generic drugs, sporting and hunting equipment, furniture, buses, industrial equipment, construction equipment, oil drilling equipment, metal cutting equipment, turbo prop engines, soft drinks and funeral products; providers of hospital and physician services; commercial lending and mortgage banking services; cell phone e-commerce services and representation of trade associations and other not-for-profit organizations.
In addition to litigating intellectual property disputes in numerous district and circuit courts around the country, Barbara has handled administrative proceedings at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Board of Patent Appeals & Interferences, the Federal Trade Commission (merger enforcement) and the International Trade Commission (patent proceeding under Section 337).
Barbara enjoys spending time with her Spanish Water dogs and sourdough baking. Due to the baking, she is also devoted to Pilates.