Jeff M. Barron

Partner
  • 11 South Meridian Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535
    P:317-231-7751
    F:317-231-7433

Jeff M. Barron is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. Mr. Barron works on complicated disputes where there is a need for sound, efficient advice. He loves challenges that seem impossible or which are at the cutting edge of technology. His clients include startups and Fortune 100 companies. Mr. Barron’s practice is nationwide, with a focus on disputes involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, government inquiries, the False Claims Act, Internet security, the Stored Communications Act, and media law. In the last few years, Jeff has:

  • Tried a case in Los Angeles on a mask read-only memory (ROM) patent
  • Represented a technology company in patent infringement lawsuits in Atlanta, Delaware, and Indianapolis concerning VoIP, voice search, telephony, videoconferencing and image storage applications
  • Tried a case in Marshall, Texas on a pharmaceutical patent
  • Defended a leading materials company on patent, trade secret, and inventorship disputes in Minneapolis
  • Represented technology companies in defamation and other claims implicating Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act in Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky
  • Defended a manufacturer of door locks against patent infringement claims in Santa Ana, California
  • Tried a case in Orlando, Florida relating to VoIP and geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Represented a defense contractor in claims under the False Claims Act in Indianapolis and Austin, Texas
  • Represented the owner of a cell phone company in connection with a patent dispute in Delaware
  • Represented multiple defendants in a case involving call-routing patents in Texarkana, Texas
  • Assisted a manufacturer of home cleaning products and vacuum cleaners in a patent infringement case against a competitor in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Defended a manufacturer against patent infringement claims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Fought for a preliminary injunction for a waste-management company in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Defended a manufacturer accused of conspiring with companies in the UK, Hong Kong and Mexico in violation of the RICO Act; Jeff took the first of the two depositions cited by the Seventh Circuit as leading to the dismissal of the lawsuit. See Banco del Atlantico, S.A. v. Woods Industries, Inc., et al., 519 F.3d 350 (7th Cir. 2008).
  • Represented numerous makers of games, apps, and internet-based products in various patent, trademark, trade dress, and copyright disputes in Chicago and New York City

Mr. Barron has also represented clients in appeals in the Sixth, Seventh, Eleventh and Federal Circuits, including serving as lead counsel for an appeal involving the Stored Communications Act in the Sixth Circuit.

He also counsels clients regarding patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, privacy and electronic security matters outside of litigation to assist them in protecting their companies and intellectual property assets.

Mr. Barron also believes in the next generation – and making the next generation better than we are. He sits on the board and executive committee of TechPoint Foundation for Youth, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding STEM education in Indiana for underserved youths. He has represented individuals pro bono in intellectual property matters and with respect to civil and criminal claims. Mr. Barron’s first pro bono work, in 1998 as a summer associate at a prior firm in Chicago, was to assist in a challenge of lifetime insurance-policy caps for AIDS treatment on behalf of two anonymous plaintiffs and Lambda Legal.

Since 2015, Mr. Barron has been selected for inclusion on The Best Lawyers in America list.