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 an emphasis on patent litigation, post-grant proceedings, procurement and licensing in the electronics, telecommunications and software fields. With broad experience in several areas, Mr. Showalter provides strategic counsel to clients developing innovative computer software, semiconductor devices, telecommunications infrastructure, network security, consumer electronics, cloud-based services, medical devices, military and commercial aircraft and spacecraft, automated industrial equipment and many other technologies.
Mr. Showalter has litigated patent infringement cases and post-grant proceedings involving landline and cellular telecommunications technology, video conferencing, interactive television, network security, and many 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 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 for over 20 years. Mr. Showalter is a frequent speaker and moderator at legal conferences on a variety of IP topics, and addresses high school and college students about careers in technology, innovation, and law.
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.
- Worldwide network security company – competitor patent litigation, post-grant proceedings, and counseling in the area of cloud-based security services, network security infrastructure, big data threat analysis, and cybersecurity responses
- 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
- Voice over IP (VoIP) network infrastructure company – competitor patent litigation, post-grant proceedings, and counseling in the area of VoIP infrastructure and cloud-based offerings that migrate existing telecommunications infrastructure to integrate advanced voice, data, and video offerings
- 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 &ndash patent litigation
- Oil field services company &ndash IP protection and licensing strategy, development of patent portfolio
- Semiconductor design company &ndash 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
Listed in Chambers USA, 2004-2019 and Chambers Global, 2013-2018
Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer, (Thomson Reuters), 2003-2018
Named the "Go-To Lawyer" for Intellectual Property Law by Texas Lawyer, 2012
Named by D Magazine as one of the "Best Lawyers Under 40" and "Best Lawyers in Dallas", 2002-2018
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, (Woodward/White Inc.), 2006-2018
If You Wanna Play, You Gotta Pay (But How Much?): Estoppel Considerations Under Post-Grant Procedures at the USPTOSpeeches & Presentations
Center for American and International Legal Studies