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OVERVIEW

Jeff M. Barron
Partner

Indianapolis

11 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P 317-231-7751

F 317-231-7433

OVERVIEW

Jeff M. Barron
Partner

Indianapolis

11 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P 317-231-7751

F 317-231-7433

Jeff Barron resolves complicated intellectual property disputes. Jeff thrives when challenged with disputes that are at the cutting edge of technology and the law, and he enjoys digging into complicated technologies and fact patterns. Jeff’s preparation gives his clients the flexibility they need to navigate the troublesome waters of complex IP disputes.

OVERVIEW

Jeff M. Barron Partner

Indianapolis

11 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P : 317-231-7751

Jeff Barron resolves complicated intellectual property disputes. Jeff thrives when challenged with disputes that are at the cutting edge of technology and the law, and he enjoys digging into complicated technologies and fact patterns. Jeff’s preparation gives his clients the flexibility they need to navigate the troublesome waters of complex IP disputes.

With clients that include startups and Fortune 100 companies, Jeff’s nationwide IP practice focuses on resolving disputes involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, Internet security, the Stored Communications Act, media law, and complex commercial litigation. Jeff also has a vibrant appellate practice, and has represented clients in various appeals in the Sixth, Seventh, Eleventh and Federal circuits.

Outside of the courtroom, Jeff advises on patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, privacy and electronic security matters. He also crafts IP strategies that go beyond securing patent, trademark and copyright protection and extend into making critical decisions early in the process to maximize protection while minimizing cost. Jeff knows from nearly two decades of experience that properly protecting his clients’ IP and proprietary technology – and safeguarding his clients from external threats – requires a long-term view that doesn’t begin at the courthouse door.

Jeff enjoys learning about his clients’ innovations, and he is valued for his understanding of the complex technologies his practice concerns. With claims valued into the hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, Jeff is known for executing the right strategy and recommendations even in the most difficult circumstances.

Jeff is active in pro bono intellectual property matters and civil and criminal claims. His first pro bono assignment 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 Defense Fund.

Professional and Community Involvement

Board member and executive committee, TechPoint Foundation for Youth, which seeks to empower underserved youths in Indiana to enter STEM fields

Honors

The Best Lawyers in America, 2015-2019

EXPERIENCE
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit affirmed a decision dismissing claims that several U.S. and U.K. companies conspired to defraud two Mexican Banks.

    Banco del Atlantico, S.A., a Mexican bank, filed a lawsuit in Texas in 1996 alleging that several companies in the U.S. and the U.K. had conspired to defraud it of more than $12 million in loan proceeds. HSBC Mexico, S.A. joined as an additional Plaintiff in 2004. The Banks also asserted claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

    In 2003, the Texas Court transferred the case to the Southern District of Indiana. In 2005, the Indiana Court granted defendants’ motion to dismiss the Banks’ RICO claims. In 2007, the Indiana Court dismissed all of the Bank’s claims as a sanction for the Banks’ failure to prepare their witnesses and comply with the rules of discovery. The 7th Circuit agreed with the Indiana Court and affirmed the dismissal of all claims against the Defendants. 7th Circuit’s opinion is published at Banco del Atlantico, et al. v. Woods Industries, Inc., et al., 519 F.3d 350 (7th Cir. 2008).

    Barnes & Thornburg LLP and Schiff Hardin LLP represented Defendant Woods Industries, Inc. in the Banco del Atlantico litigation, which included depositions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and Mexico. "This was a tremendous team effort," said Jeff Barron, a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP who represented Woods in the litigation since 1999.

    Banco Del Atlantico, S.A. v. Woods Indus., No. 07-2238 (7th Cir. 2008).
  • Todd Vare represented National Programming Service LLC (NPS) before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in a case in which the plaintiff alleged the defendants were in violation of the nationwide, permanent injunction mandated by the Satellite Home Viewer Act (SHVA) of 1988. Jeff Barron and Kendall Millard assisted in the strategy development and briefing.

    The case (CBS v. EchoStar) dates back to the late 1990s when EchoStar began providing satellite television programming to subscribers under the DISH NETWORK brand. Claiming copyright infringement, various television networks (including CBS, ABC, Fox and NBC) and their network affiliates sued EchoStar in Florida federal court in 1998, claiming the company was improperly providing distant network programming to served - as opposed to unserved - households. Eventually, an injunction was entered in 2006 that prevented EchoStar from providing distant network programming under the SHVA's statutory license.

    NPS approached EchoStar in 2006 to inquire about leasing its satellite equipment. A deal was reached, which enabled NPS to use EchoStar's satellite transponder to retransmit distant network programming to unserved households that signed up with NPS. The networks then accused NPS of violating the previously entered injunction against EchoStar. In a unanimous opinion issued on July 7, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Indianapolis-based NPS's right to continue leasing satellite equipment from EchoStar to retransmit the signal under the SHVA. CBS Broadcasting Inc. v. Echostar Commc'ns, No. 07-10020 (11th Cir., filed Jan 3, 2007).
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