James J. Barta, Jr. is a registered U.S. patent attorney with degrees and work experience in the fields of computer science and electrical engineering.  His practice focuses on managing patent portfolios, primarily for Fortune 500 corporations.  This includes providing patentability and patent landscape analyses, preparing and filing patent applications, worldwide prosecution of patent applications, and more.

Jim’s experience includes a wide array of technology involving software, operating systems, networking, and hardware. More specifically, he has worked with inventors on mobile device software and hardware, gaming, image processing, process controls, computer resource management, biomedical devices, and advanced research topics.

Before Barta, Jones & Foley, P.C., Jim was the Commercial Law Group Co-Chair for one of the nation’s largest minority and women-owned law firms.  Prior to that, he ran a successful solo practice.  As a software engineer at The Boeing Company, he was recognized for outstanding performance on his work in software for aircraft avionics systems and stationary flight simulators.

Jim has written and spoken on a variety of intellectual property topics, including but not limited to:

  • Panelist, “Practical Considerations for a Corporate IP Department”, Minority In-House Counsel Association Conference (Chicago – September 2015)
  • Quoted in “Gene Codes Sues New York Over 9/11 Victim ID Software; City Countersues, Calls for Dismissal”, BioInform (November 5, 2010)
  • Co-Authored “Supreme Court Looks Dimly on Bright-line Patent-eligibility Test”, Missouri Lawyers Weekly (July 2010)
  • Co-Presenter, “Linking Source Code to the U.S. Code: An Introduction to Software Patents”, Washington University in St. Louis (April 2010)
  • Speaker, “The USPTO Board and Obviousness: One Year After KSR v. Teleflex“, Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. (Roswell, GA – March 2008)

Jim is admitted to practice in Missouri and Texas, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Saint Louis University School of Law
    • J.D., 1999
    • Associate Editor of the Saint Louis University Public Law Review
  • Washington University in St. Louis
    • M.S. in Computer Science, 1996
    • Graduate Certificate in Networking and Telecommunications, 1996
    • B.S. in Computer Engineering, 1995
    • B.S. in Computer Science, 1994
    • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, 1994