Happy Holidays!

Well, another year, another quirky greeting from your friends at Barnes & Roberts! This year we celebrate the awkward family photo with a nod to the fine folks at Olin Mills who, for many decades, were the gold standard of awkwardness. Only the artistic geniuses at Olin could have given the world the amazing floating-head-double-exposure.

Oh, Holiday Sweaters? Yeah, we’ve got those. I know, the royal family got out in front of us with the release of their own card, but we’ve still got plenty of style going on up there and I’m sure we’ll break the internet when this thing goes viral! Besides, I think we are a lot more natural than Queen E at being awkward.

The queen may have her corgies (and we all know why), but we’ve got cats. Lots of cats. How many cats? That’s like asking how many mustaches or how many arms – it gets tricky. Take a closer look here for some Photoshop fun then check here to see if you spotted all of our little jokes.

Then we wrapped the entire thing in an Instagram post. #justforkicks

As always, thank you for your support this past year. We’ve enjoyed working with you. You are part of our larger family – our squad –  and we genuinely wish you all the best this holiday season and throughout the coming year.


Batting 1.000


4 Pitches – 4 Home Runs

In the past year, Barnes & Roberts won every case it tried in Marshall, Texas, the most notorious patent docket in the country. Even Ted Williams batted only .400!

Mobile Telecommunications Technologies v. HTC- Defense win
Genband v. Metaswitch Networks Ltd., et al.- Plaintiff win
Metaswitch Networks Ltd., et al. v. Genband- Defense win
ContentGuard Holdings, Inc. v. Google- Defense win

Barnes & Roberts specializes in high-stakes litigation, explaining complex subject matter, and giving you our complete commitment to victory. Barnes & Roberts can help you try your next case whether it involves software, networking, and computer hardware, complex shareholder claims, or products liability on medical devices. Of course, we also win cases in Massachusetts, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, California, Washington, Oregon, and all over Texas.

Call Jason Barnes or Casey Gooden today at 214-421-5900 to see how we can help you win, too!

Another Knock-Out!

Marshall, Texas has a reputation as a tough place for defendants accused of patent infringement. But the Barnes & Roberts team is helping to change this reputation – one fight at a time. On Friday, September 23rd, a Marshall jury returned a knock-out victory of non-infringement for handset seller, HTC America. Additionally, the jury found by clear and convincing evidence that the claims asserted by Mobile Telecommunications Technologies (MTel) were invalid.

Congratulations for the victory belong to our clients Jerry Selinger, Susan Powley and Trampas Kurth, of the patent powerhouse Patterson + Sheridan in Dallas.

Do Trial Consultants Spell the End of Justice?

Walk the plank
LOL. No.

But this is the idea put forth by Adam Benforado in the November 2015 issue of The Jury Expert (as well as in his book and other articles).

Professor Benforado cavalierly maligns the individual and collective character of members of our profession. For support, he cites a flippant comment from an unnamed Twitter follower. In the face of his call for “evidence-based justice,” this attack, which is wholly lacking in both evidence and justice, drips with irony. The remainder of his article stands on equally shaky ground, full of opinion but shockingly light on empirical evidence and, from what we can deduce, based on a fundamental misapprehension of actual trial practice.

Read more of our response here.

Genband Wins $8.2 Million Patent Verdict Against Metaswitch

Genband Patents

An East Texas jury found that Metaswitch infringed seven of Genband’s patents related to VoIP, and awarded Genband $8.2 Million in damages. The court had previously ruled that the patents met the Section 101 requirements for patentability as defined in the Supreme Court’s Alice decision. Tracy and Stephanie represented Barnes & Roberts on the trial team in Marshall, and are proud of the work the team from Baker Botts did to win such a positive result.

  • Jury Hands Genband $8.2M Patent Win Against Metaswitch (Law 360)
  • Jury Finds Metaswitch Infringes 7 GENBAND Voice-Over-IP Patents (Bloomberg)
  • Texas Magistrate Says Firewall IP Should Survive Alice (Law 360)