Jack Barufka serves as the co-leader of Pillsbury's firmwide Intellectual Property practice. With more than 20 years of experience representing numerous Fortune 500 companies, Mr. Barufka is ranked by Legal 500 and Chambers as one of the top intellectual property attorneys in the country. His practice includes strategic intellectual property counseling, litigation, prosecution, dispute resolution, licensing, technology transactions, intellectual property mining and enforcement, copyright protection, and pre-litigation opinions. Mr. Barufka has extensive experience in post grant proceedings (inter partes review, inter partes reexamination, and ex parte reexamination), typically on patents in concurrent litigation. He works closely with clients on new product launches to minimize risks associated with costly litigation and also concentrates in patent claim interpretation and designing-around valid US patents. His client counseling practice develops strategic patent programs that posture the client's patent portfolio to increase market share, improve margins, and generate licensing revenue in a cost effective manner. His areas of technical focus are electrical, mechanical, semiconductor, computer, software, medical devices and business methods.
Mr. Barufka is an adjunct professor of law at George Washington University's National Law Center, where he has taught "Patent Strategy and Management" for the past thirteen years. Mr. Barufka has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, The ABA Journal, Forbes, Investor's Business Daily and National Journal's Technology Daily. He has also appeared as a featured guest on the CNNfn television program, "Your Money," as well as Bloomberg TV's InsideTrack. He has served as an expert witness on patent infringement and was a co-founder and editor of Patent Strategy and Technology Management, a monthly journal published by American Lawyer Media. Mr. Barufka sits on the Inter Partes Proceedings Committee for the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) organization. He is currently monitoring issues related to the America Invents Act (AIA) and patent reform.
Mr. Barufka has briefed and successfully argued patent appeals to the United States Patent and Trademark Office Board of Appeals and has represented clients in mediation and in administrative claims against the US Government. He has also attended and defended Oppositions to European patents at the European Patent Office.
Mr. Barufka was previously employed by a laser component manufacturer. During his seven years with them, Mr. Barufka served in a number of different capacities, including design engineering, testing and product development relating to high-power gas lasers. He designed and developed cryogenic and catalytic gas processing systems for both Excimer and CO2 lasers. He also developed optics for lasers using advanced glass-metal sealing technologies.
- IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners (2012-2015), Intellectual Asset Management Magazine
- Patents Expert Guide, World’s Leading Lawyers Chosen By Their Peers (2015)
- Chambers USA, Intellectual Property—Northern Virginia (2006-2015)
- Legal 500 US, Patent Licensing & Transactional and Patent Prosecution (2007-2015)
- IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners (2012), IAM Licensing 250: Patent Licensing (2011), Intellectual Asset Management Magazine
- WORLD Leaders IP Award, Patent Practice/Litigation in Private Practice—Finalist, IP World (2009)
- World's Leading Patent Law Practitioner, Managing Intellectual Property (2007)
- Top 15 IP Attorneys, Legal Times—DC Metro Area (2003)
- Best IP Lawyers in Virginia, Virginia Business Magazine
- Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars (2013-2014)
George Washington University Law School, adjunct professor, Patent Strategy and Management (2000 to Present)
Patent Office Inter Partes Proceedings Committee for Intellectual Property Owners (IPO); American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Eastern District of Texas
Corporate Counsel Prosecution Strategies Post-AIA, panel moderator, Fordham University, The School of Law IP Summit, November 2013.
The In-House Counsel Perspective: How Do Companies Assess the Threat of Litigation?, panel moderator, George Washington University Law School Symposium on Intellectual Property, May 2013
Intellectual Property Strategies and Best Practices, Northern Virginia Technology Counsel, September 2010
From AIPA To The Present: Changes, Changes, And More Changes, American Intellectual Property Law Association, New York, NY, 07-April-2006
Due Diligence, on panel, Association for Corporate Growth, Connecticut Chapter, January 2004
Lecture on Festo v. Shoketsu, Intellectual Property Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Michigan State Bar, March 2002
Patent Strategy & Management, co-chair, Law Journal Seminars, McLean, Virginia. November 2000
AIPLA Meeting, panel speaker, American Intellectual Property Law Association, October 2000
Member of National Physics Honor Society, Sigma Pi Sigma