Paul B. Hunt

  • 11 South Meridian Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

Paul B. Hunt is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, resident in the Indianapolis office. For more than 20 years, his practice has been dedicated to assisting clients navigate complex intellectual property issues. In representing clients, Mr. Hunt seeks to efficiently identify and implement winning strategies. In his role as litigator and counselor, he looks to employ innovative, yet practical, solutions in advocating his client’s rights.

Mr. Hunt’s primary practice focus is in intellectual property litigation. In just the past few years, he has been lead counsel for clients such as BISSELL, Corning Incorporated, Cummins Inc., Ingersoll Rand, Roche Diagnostics and Whirlpool Corporation in patent litigation matters. He has served as lead trial counsel in cases pending in federal courts in California, Delaware, Texas, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Washington, Oregon, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Indiana. Mr. Hunt has argued three appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Over the past few years, he has been lead attorney in several lawsuits, including:

Kruse Technology Partnership v. Daimler Ag, et al. (USDC CD California). Mr. Hunt was lead counsel for Cummins in a patent infringement suit brought by Kruse in the Central District of California. Kruse asserted patents concerning internal combustion engines having an isochoric phase and an isothermal phase. After taking over the lead counsel role from another prominent national law firm, Mr. Hunt quickly identified a favorable settlement posture, and the case was quickly and favorably resolved.

Bissell Homecare, Inc. v. Dyson, Inc. (USDC WD Michigan). Mr. Hunt led a team of Barnes & Thornburg attorneys representing BISSELL in a patent infringement action against Dyson in federal court in the Western District of Michigan. In the lawsuit, BISSELL asserted that Dyson infringed three BISSELL patents. Mr. Hunt argued and helped his client obtain a favorable Markman ruling, which enabled BISSELL to file a motion for summary judgment. Shortly before trial, the case was favorably settled.

Sipco, LLC v. ABB Inc., et al. (USDC ED Texas). Mr. Hunt is lead counsel for Ingersoll Rand in a lawsuit pending in the Eastern District of Texas. Sipco has alleged that several Ingersoll Rand entities are infringing three patents, related to wireless communication networks.

Whirlpool Corporation v. Swift Green Filters, Ltd, et al. (USDC District of Minnesota). Mr. Hunt leads a trial team representing Whirlpool in a patent infringement action pending in the District Court of Minnesota. The Whirlpool patents concern filtration systems.

Resonant Biotechnologies, LLC v. Corning Incorporated, et al. (USDC District of Delaware). Mr. Hunt is lead counsel on behalf of Corning in a patent infringement action pending in the District Court of Delaware. The patented technology concerns optical sensors that monitor the interaction of molecular species with refractive index modulation.

Troll Busters LLC v. Roche Diagnostics GmbH, et al. (USDC SD California). Mr. Hunt was counsel for Roche Diagnostics in a patent false marking case brought against several defendants. Roche brought a motion to dismiss the complaint, which was joined by the other defendants. Mr. Hunt took the lead in arguing the motion to the court. The motion was granted, dismissing the lawsuit.

NFL Properties LLC v. Does 1 through 100 (Marion County Superior Court). Mr. Hunt represented National Football League Properties, as well as the New England Patriots and the New York Giants, in trademark infringement and enforcement actions prior to and during Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis in 2012.

Allison Transmission, Inc. v. Defeo Manufacturing Inc. (USDC SD Indiana). Mr. Hunt was lead counsel for Allison Transmission in a lawsuit pending in the District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Allison asserted claims of trademark infringement and unfair competition.

Mr. Hunt is also a trusted IP counselor. His clients regularly seek his advice on a variety of intellectual property matters, such as IP licensing, due diligence of IP matters in corporate transactions, and strategic IP planning. He also serves clients in a dispute avoidance role – he assists clients in understanding competitive IP positions and designs strategies to avoid future IP disputes.

Mr. Hunt is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and has represented clients in disputed matters before the Patent Office. In the past few years, he has been lead counsel in two interference proceedings at the Patent Office. In one, he was lead counsel for a multi-national pharmaceutical company, and a university, in asserting rights related to 4-1BB Polypeptides and DNA Encoding 4-1BB Polypeptides. In another, he represented a university in a dispute concerning tissue regenerative compositions. He has also advised clients on the preparation and filing of reexamination requests.

Mr. Hunt is a noted writer, and prepares a weekly review of IP decisions from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has also authored numerous papers which have been published in national and local publications on various intellectual property matters, including formulating trade secret protection programs and the use of experts in litigation. Mr. Hunt has been invited to speak to many groups, including national trade associations. He has participated in international conferences concerning a wide scope of intellectual property issues.

Representative recent presentations include:

  • Effectively Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights in the Americas – Litigation vs. Arbitration vs. Mediation, Pittsburg, PA, November, 2011
  • Strategic Value of Patent Claim Construction, National Webinar, May, 2011
  • Litigating Intellectual Property Rights in the U.S., Dallas, TX, October, 2010

Mr. Hunt is also a board member and Treasurer of Techlaw Group, Inc. Techlaw is an association of international law firms, representing more than 7,500 lawyers with offices in 28 countries. Techlaw firms are among the leading law firms having significant technology and intellectual property practices throughout the world. Barnes & Thornburg was a founding member of Techlaw.

Mr. Hunt has been recognized in several editions of the Indiana Super Lawyers publication. In 2010 and 2011, he was identified as a future litigation star by Benchmark Litigation. He has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in commercial litigation.