Education and Honors

  • J.D. (cum laude), Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1993
    Order of the Coif
    Editor in Chief, Journal of Air Law & Commerce
    Hatton W. Sumners Scholar
  • M.S., aerospace engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988
    Draper Laboratories Fellow
  • B.S., aerospace engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987
    Tau Beta Pi
    Sigma Gamma Tau
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 U.S., 2013

    Named by D Magazine as one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40” and “Best Lawyers in Dallas,” 2002-2009

    Listed in Chambers USA, 2004-2013 and Chambers Global, 2013 & 2014

    Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2014

    Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer, 2003-2013

    Named the “Go-To Lawyer” for Intellectual Property Law by Texas Lawyer, 2012

    Named a “Top-Notch Lawyer” for Intellectual Property Law by Texas Lawyer, 2007

    Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Texas, 2008

Admissions and Affiliations

State Bar of Texas, Intellectual Property Law Section, Past Chair

United States Patent and Trademark Office

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Adjunct Professor

Dallas Museum of Nature and Science, Board of Directors

Dallas Theater Center, Board of Directors

Leadership Dallas, Graduate

Barton E. Showalter

Partner

2001 Ross Avenue Dallas, Texas 75201-2980
United States
Phone:
+1.214.953.6509
Fax:
+1.214.661.4509

Concentration

Patent litigation, procurement and licensing in the electronics, telecommunications and software fields; strategic counseling in all areas of intellectual property to maximize return on investment in research and development

Summary

Bart Showalter is the firmwide chair of the Intellectual Property Department of Baker Botts. His practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on patent litigation, procurement and licensing in the electronics, telecommunications and software fields.

With broad experience in a number of areas, Mr. Showalter provides strategic counsel to clients developing innovative computer software, semiconductor devices, optical systems, data networks, wireless infrastructure, business methods, transmission systems, medical devices, graphics processors, military and commercial aircraft, automated industrial equipment and many other technologies.

Mr. Showalter has litigated patent infringement cases involving landline and cellular telecommunications technology, video conferencing, interactive television, voice messaging and a number of other fields. He also provides general counseling on intellectual property issues, including intellectual property audits, strategic patent mapping, exposure assessment, patent opinions, licensing negotiations, patent categorization, industry benchmarking, infringement risk management and comprehensive intellectual property protection programs.

While he was at MIT, Mr. Showalter investigated the role of artificial intelligence (specifically, neural networks) in the design and performance of complex adaptive control systems. Following graduation, he worked as a lead systems engineer for LTV Missiles and Electronics Group, where he designed guidance and control subsystems for missile, aircraft and spacecraft projects. He currently serves as an adjunct professor of intellectual property law at Southern Methodist University.

For over 10 years, Mr. Showalter has volunteered his time to the “Invention Convention” for students in the Richardson Independent School District, selecting annual winners of the “Most Patentable Invention” and helping them draft patent applications.

Representative Engagements

  • Worldwide networking company – development and management of a significant worldwide patent portfolio directed to networking technology; counsel in license negotiations, litigation, and other special projects
  • Multinational technology and services company – patent procurement, licensing, and litigation in the areas of electronics, computer simulation and optical networking
  • Major computer manufacturer – strategic analysis, development, and licensing of a patent portfolio related to computer graphics
  • Major memory and consumer product company – semiconductor patent litigation, licensing and patent reexamination and foreign invalidation proceedings
  • Semiconductor design company -development of patent portfolio, technology and product licensing initiatives and overall IP protection strategy
  • Large defense contractor – development and management of a patent portfolio revolving around defense aircraft and related technologies
  • Significant construction company – advice on patent protection strategies, licensing, and joint development initiatives
  • Large entertainment service provider – strategic advice on new product and service protection and patent portfolio development
  • Worldwide semiconductor manufacturer – advice on licensing and litigation strategy related to broadband communications technology
  • Chip manufacturer – development and management of a significant worldwide patent portfolio directed to semiconductor products
  • Software services company – development and management of a patent portfolio directed to network management software

Publications, Speeches and Presentations

Publications

  • “Privacy in the Electronic Age,” Managing Intellectual Property, November 2002
  • “A Post-Festo World,” Texas Lawyer, December 2001
  • “Raders’ Step-Plus-Function Analysis,” Intellectual Property Hot Topics, Baker Botts Web Site, July 1999

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Recent Developments in Patent Damages,” Austin Intellectual Property Law Association, Austin, June 2010
  • “U.S. Innovation: Bridge Building in a High Tech Society,” Society for Design and Process Science, Dallas, June 2010
  • “Hot Topics in Licensing,” ACI Technology Licensing Agreements, Washington DC, March 2010
  • “Hot Topics in Licensing,” State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Program, Austin, March 2010
  • “Patentable Subject Matter and Practice Strategies in the Shadow of Bilski,” UT Advanced Patent Law, Austin, October 2009
  • “Patent Cross Licensing: Academic and Practical Perspectives,” Berkley Center of Law and Technology, October 2009
  • “Intellectual Property Considerations in Alternative Energy,”Alternative Energy Workshop, Dallas, September 2009
  • “How Far Does the Infringement Net Reach?” Advanced Patent Litigation, Lake Tahoe, July 2009
  • “Patent Aggregation Models,” State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Program, San Antonio, March 2009
  • “Practical Tips for Dealing with Licensing Issues in Standards Setting and Patent Pools,” Law Seminars International, Fort Lauderdale, March 2009
  • “Quanta...and Now Transcore,” IP Chat Channel Webinar, March 2009
  • “The 101 Wars: Patentable Subject Matter and In re Bilski,” MIT Enterprise Forum, Dallas, January 2009 
  • “Patents on Software and Business Methods: Have The Rules Changed?,” MIT Enterprise Forum, Dallas, January 2009 
  • “New Uses for Patent Pools,” Intellectual Property Today, July 2008
  • Moderator, “Alternative Billing Arrangements in Patent Litigation,” Dallas, May 2008
  • “Hot Topics in Patent Licensing,” American Conference Institute, San Francisco, April 2008
  • “IP Pitfalls in VC Financing,” ABA Spring Conference, Dallas, April 2008
  • “Patentable Subject Matter Wars -In re Bilski,” SMU Intellectual Property Symposium, March 2008
  • Moderator, “Monetizing Intellectual Property,” State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Program, Austin, March 2008
  • Panelist, “Technology, the Internet and the Practice of Law,” Lex Mundi North American Regional Conference, January 2008
  • “2007 -A Big Year in Patent Law,” Austin Intellectual Property Law Association, Austin, January 2008