About Aaron

Aaron Barker is a partner of the firm. Aaron provides patent-related services for clients ranging from emerging start-ups to large public companies. He focuses his practice on U.S. and foreign patent strategy, preparation and prosecution in a wide variety of technology areas. In addition to patent procurement and portfolio management, Aaron advises clients in the areas of patentability, patent validity, patent infringement, IP due diligence, IP licensing, and pre-litigation counseling.

Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Aaron was an associate at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear (2003–2006) in Irvine, California; a patent agent and student associate at TraskBritt (2001–2003) in Salt Lake City, Utah; and an electrical engineer for a division of Lockheed Martin that became L-3 Communications (1996–2000) in Salt Lake City.

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  • Represented large and small technology companies to develop worldwide patent estates. Experience includes preparation and prosecution of U.S. and international patents, patent portfolio management and strategic counseling.
  • Represented a medical device company in creating a patent portfolio of U.S. and foreign patents, and defended IP due diligence during financing for $8 million that resulted in spinning-off of a portion of the portfolio into a new company.
  • Prepared and managed a patent portfolio including hundreds of patent applications for a Fortune 100 company in areas such as music/video streaming and 4G/LTE cellular communications.
  • Assisted a worldwide leader in laser processing systems to build and manage a successful international patent portfolio.
  • Successfully obtained a series of issued patents during litigation, which helped lead to a favorable settlement of the lawsuit for the client.
  • Provided many start-up companies with freedom-to-operate opinions, non-infringement and invalidity opinions, and guidance regarding designing around a competitor’s patents.

Technology Areas

  • Areas of patent counseling include laser processing systems, communication systems, medical devices, software, semiconductor devices, alternative energy systems, power line fault detection systems, consumer electronic devices, database management systems, Internet commerce and interactive television broadcast systems.
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Honors & Activities

  • Included in Utah Business Legal Elite, listed since 2011
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Patent Law), 2014–2022
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Intellectual Property), Mountain States Super Lawyers®, 2009–2010, 2012–2013
  • Listed in Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Patent 1000  The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2017–2020
  • Member, Intellectual Property Section of Utah State Bar, 2006–2015
  • Member, Cyberlaw Section of Utah State Bar, 2007–2015
  • Member, Davis County Bar Association, 2007–2015
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association, 2006–2015
  • Subcommittee liaison, computer software, Idaho Innovation Awards, 2006, 2014; consumer software, Utah Innovation Awards, 2007–2010
  • Judge, Utah Giles Rich Moot Court Competition, Intellectual Property Section of Utah State Bar, 2007–2010
  • Mentor, Opportunity Quest Team for the University of Utah Business Innovation Competition by the Pierre Lassonde Entrepreneur Center of the David Eccles School of Business, 2010
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Co-presenter, “Foreign Patent Strategies: Protecting Software Abroad,” IP Seminar Series, Stoel Rives LLP, March 18, 2010
  • Co-presenter, “Strategies for Protecting and Sharing Your IP: Patents, Trademarks and Licensing,” seminar at School of Computing, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, Nov. 12, 2009
  • Guest lecturer, “Intellectual Property Law for the Entrepreneur,” Small Business Development Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2006–2008

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