Ian C. Barras joined the firm in 2006, and his practice focuses on commercial litigation, general business and corporate matters, and the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Mr. Barras has extensive experience in handling commercial transactions and disputes, including obtaining, licensing, and enforcing all manner of intellectual property rights. He has represented clients in general commercial litigation involving commercial contractual disputes, corporate ownership disputes, unfair competition, antitrust matters, trade secret misappropriation, licensing disputes, property ownership disputes, and patent, copyright and trademark infringement litigation.
Mr. Barras is a Registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has experience preparing and prosecuting patents in the electronic arts, software and computer arts, web-based delivery arts, and mechanical arts, including post-grant proceedings such as reexamination and IPR. He also has extensive knowledge and experience in preparing patent infringement, validity and novelty opinions, and advising clients on intellectual property policing and enforcement options. Mr. Barras also has experience representing naval architects and marine engineering firms, and has handled vessel-hull design protection related issues. He has also represented clients in many industries including the food and beverage industry on a national basis, financial institutions, advertising and media companies, software development companies, medical equipment developers and manufacturers, educational consultants and content developers, and institutions of higher learning.
Mr. Barras is a past Chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, and he is currently the Chair of a committee formed by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana for the purpose of drafting a set of Local Patent Rules for consideration and adoption by the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Barras was a research and development project manager for Entergy Corporation where he provided both technical and managerial oversight for millions of dollars in research projects, including projects with major universities such as M.I.T, Georgia Tech and Tulane University. Mr. Barras later worked for Entergy Corporation as a senior power distribution engineer.