Barton E. Showalter

Department Chair - Intellectual Property (Firmwide) Partner

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Bart Showalter is the firmwide chair of the Intellectual Property Department of Baker Botts, which numbers over 160 lawyers. He also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. 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.

Mr. Showalter serves the community and non-profit organizations in a variety of ways, most recently as a board member of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Dallas Theater Center, and the Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe. Mr. Showalter is also a founding Master and currently the President of the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn American IP Inn of Court. He is also an adjunct professor of law at the SMU Dedman School of Law, where he has taught Patent Law, Patent Prosecution, Intellectual Property Licensing, Patent Litigation, Introduction to Intellectual Property, and other IP-related courses over the last 18 years. Mr. Showalter is a frequent speaker and moderator at legal conferences on a variety of IP topics, and also addresses high school and college students about careers in technology, innovation, and law. 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.

Mr. Showalter earned a B.S. and M.S. (with honors) in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a J.D. (with honors) from Southern Methodist University. He is licensed to practice in Texas and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has received numerous accolades, including the Texas Go-To Lawyer Award in IP, a distinction bestowed on a lawyer in Texas every 5 years, and twice as a member of the Texas Lawyer’s IP Litigation Department of the Year.

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Publications, Speeches and Presentations

  • “Innovation and Intellectual Property: Views from the Trenches of Technological Development and Entrepreneurship,” Tsai Center Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues, Dallas, September 2015
  • “Aftermath of Hurricane Alice and Tropical Storm Nautilus,” 28th Annual Intellectual Property Law Course, Houston, March 2015
  • “Careers in Law and Technology,” 9th Annual Highland Park High School Science Festival, November 2014
  • “Hiring and Managing Litigation Counsel,” 52nd Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law, Dallas, November 2014
  • “Patentable Subject Matter After Alice,” Xerox IP Law Department Conference, Rochester, NY, September 2014
  • “Standard Essential Patents: What Are They Really Worth These Days?” IP Monetization Conference, Center for American and International Legal Studies, Dallas, March 2014
  • “If You Wanna Play, You Gotta Pay (But How Much?): Estoppel Considerations Under Post-Grant Procedures at the USPTO”, State Bar IP Workshop, March 2014
  • Commentator, Annual Spring Lecture Series, University of Houston, March 2014
  • “The Great Debate -- Patent Litigation Reform,” Eastern District of Texas Bench/Bar Conference, Dallas, November 2013
  • “Rocket Scientist, Patent Lawyer, and other Careers in Law and Technology,” 8th Annual Highland Park High School Science Festival, November 2014
  • “Dealing with NPEs: In-House and Outside Counsel Experience and Perspectives,” UT Corporate Counsel Institute, Dallas, April 2013
  • “Advanced Practice Under the America Invents Act,” Center for American and International Legal Studies, Dallas, April 2013
  • “To MDL or Not to MDL: Views from the Trenches,” Texas Bar CLE Patent Multidistrict Litigation, Dallas, November 2012
  • “Into the Future: What’s Ahead in IP?”, Eastern District of Texas Bench/Bar Conference, Dallas, October 2012
  • “The Markeys: Recognizing the Top Patent Decisions of 2010-11,” AIPLA Annual Meeting, Washington DC, October 2011
  • “Written Description Gets Its Permanent Teeth,” State Bar of Texas Advanced IP Law Course, Dallas, March 2011
  • “Cloud Computing,” Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal Symposium, Austin, February 2011
  • “The EDTX and Local District Courts: Advancing or Stifling Innovation?”, SMU IP Symposium, Dallas, February 2011
  • “Reexamination and Concurrent Patent Litigation,” UT Advanced Patent Law Institute, Palo Alto, December 2010
  • “Containing Costs in US Patent Litigation,” AIPPI Japan, Tokyo, September 2010
  • “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
  • “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