A leader in his field. That's how the peers of Dunstan Barnes describe this rising star with McAndrews, Held & Malloy.
Barnes has quickly built a reputation as a top intellectual property law specialist, especially in the area of design patents. Barnes is a frequent writer and lecturer on this topic and wrote the U.S. chapter of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property's 2017 book, "Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection." Barnes also wrote the U.S. chapter of the upcoming second edition of that book, and he has presented at numerous international conferences on design patent protection, including the 2021 and 2019 ABA-IPL Spring Meetings, the 2019 AIPLA Annual Meeting, and the 2017 AIPPI World Congress.
"Dunstan has shown aptitude well beyond his years of experience in practice," said Matthew Dillinger, with the law firm Berry, Appleman & Leiden. "Dunstan's warm and amicable personal skills also help him to deliver impeccable results for his clients in a variety of different situations, including in negotiations with opposing counsel or during protection of both utility and design patent applications."
Erin Lothson, senior counsel with Uber Technologies, said that Barnes is also a tough negotiator, demonstrating a skill that many patent attorneys rarely draw upon. "Usually, patent practitioners draft patents behind the scenes,” said Lothson, “but Dunstan can also do the extroverted work necessary to resolve disputes, obtain licenses, or prosecute applications. He's articulate and able to communicate complex concepts in plain English, which is a much-appreciated skill for those around him."
Alexis Simpson, senior counsel for intellectual property at Gilead Sciences, frequently works with Barnes, who represents Gilead as outside counsel. She says that Barnes has been an invaluable partner for her company.
"Dunstan represents Gilead well," Simpson said. "Indeed, I consider him to be one of the top-10 design patent lawyers in the United States, period."
When not serving his clients, Barnes supports his community and profession. He chairs the ABA Industrial Designs Committee and vice chairs the AIPLA Industrial Design Committee. He is also a board member of and active within the Intellectual Property Legal Association of Chicago.
Barnes also ardently supports the future of the industry. He mentors junior attorneys internally at McAndrews and through IPLAC's mentoring program. Working pro bono through the National Immigrant Justice Center, he represents a family from El Salvador who fled gang violence and are seeking asylum. He also works pro bono with the Chicago Legal Clinic to assist clients who have moved forward with their lives and wish to seal or expunge their criminal records, which can be a major hurdle when seeking new jobs, housing, and other opportunities.