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.

Related Experience

  • Worldwide networking company – patent litigation and licensing; development and management of a significant worldwide patent portfolio directed to networking technology; counsel in all aspects of IP and business strategy 
  • 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 
  • Telecommunication equipment manufacturer – strategic analysis, patent litigation, and general counseling on IP protection and strategy 
  • Major cellular handset manufacturer – patent litigation 
  • Oil field services company – IP protection and licensing strategy, development of patent portfolio 
  • 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 

Awards & Community

Recognized in Intellectual Asset Management's IAM Patent 1000, 2017

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, 2004-2017 and Chambers Global, 2013-2018

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, (Woodward/White Inc.), 2006-2017

Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer, (Thomson Reuters), 2003-2016

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, (Law Business Research Ltd), 2008


Publications, Speeches & Presentations