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A verdict that alters an industry

Robert Barr and Robert Merges quoted in The New York Times, August 24, 2012

Robert Barr, executive director of the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Law and Technology, said that the user interface — the icons and other features that users see and touch — of the Nokia Windows phones look distinctly different from the iPhone. Nokia, a longtime maker of phones, also has a thick portfolio of patents to protect itself.

While Google is not involved in this case, Apple was clearly going after Android all along, said Robert P. Merges, professor of law and technology at University of California Berkeley School of Law…. “There are a lot more players in the Android world who could be involved in the future in litigation,” he said. “And it’s going to raise the cost of everyone in the Android system if the damages stick.”

Robert Barr Scrutinizes Google-Motorola Deal

POLITICO Pro, February 9, 2012 by Elizabeth Wasserman and Michelle Quinn

“Google needs those patents because it is fighting a war,” said Robert Barr, executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and formerly Cisco’s vice president for intellectual property and worldwide patent counsel. “They have to get approval.”

Robert Barr Comments on the Role of Tech Patents

The Deal Magazine, October 14, 2011 by David Marcus,-geeks-and-lots-of-lawyers.php

“One way to think about how many patents you need is to look at how many patents companies with similar revenues have,” Barr says. “I looked at reaching at least a filing rate per year that met what other companies were doing adjusted for revenue.”

Robert Barr Thinks Patent Suits Slow Innovation

The Wall Street Journal, August 22, 2011 by John Letzing

“We’re not rewarding the people bringing products to market,” said Robert Barr, who runs the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a former patent counsel at Cisco Systems Inc. “That’s a net negative for the economy.”

Robert Barr Explains Ire Against Patent Trolls, or ‘NPEs’

The Recorder, May 11, 2011 by Amy Miller

“The bigger companies will tell a firm that they don’t want it representing NPEs, even in cases they’re not involved in,” said Robert Barr.

Robert Barr Joins ThinkFire Board of Directors

Business Wire, August 6;col1

“I have always regarded ThinkFire as one of the strongest IP advisory firms in the industry,” said Barr. “I am impressed by the both the depth and breadth of their talent.”

Robert Barr Honored With Scholarship

San Francisco Daily Journal, June 16, by Jill Redhage [Registration required]

UC Berkeley School of Law has created a scholarship to honor Robert Barr, a patent lawyer and the executive director of the school’s Center for Law and Technology.