Robert M. Barrett

Practice Area Leader - Intellectual Property

70 West Madison Street, Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60602-4207

United States of America

Robert M. Barrett concentrates his practice in intellectual property law and, more specifically, strategic counseling and portfolio management leveraging his decades of experience handling patent litigation, prosecution, licensing, due diligence, portfolio management, and counseling. Mr. Barrett’s extensive experience includes working with companies in the biotech, chemical, software, e-commerce, health care, manufacturing, medical device, packaging, and food science spaces. He has acted as strategic IP advisor for some of the world’s largest and most prominent companies including Nestlé, Baxter International, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, Ondeo Nalco Chemical, Methode Electronics, and Kyocera, as well as for a number of the nation's leading universities. In addition, he has helped a number of organizations monetize their IP rights including representing the seller in the largest royalty monetization.

He is one of the firm’s Global Practice Area Leaders for the IP group and sits on the firm’s 16 member management committee. Previously, Mr. Barrett was vice chairman of Bell Boyd & Lloyd at the time of its combination with K&L Gates in 2009. A degreed chemist prior to law school, he worked as a chemical engineer for Firestone Tire & Rubber Company.

An adjunct professor of patent law at two separate law schools, Mr. Barrett has been recognized by industry publications as a leading practitioner in intellectual property law. For example, he served as one of Law360’s “Voices of the Bar,” a panel of highly accomplished IP professionals, including former judges, policy makers, academics, and inside and outside counsel, discussing timely and important developments in the field of intellectual property law. He also co-founded the Kent Intellectual Property Law Clinic and Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance.


  • B.S., University of Oklahoma (1977)
  • J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law (1981)
    (with honors, Order of the Coif)


Bar of Illinois, United States Patent and Trademark Office
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