September 10, 2010
Jack Barufka serves as firmwide leader for Pillsbury's Intellectual Property practice. He is ranked by the Legal Times as one of the top 15 IP attorneys in the Washington, D.C. metro area, and is ranked Tier 1 by Chambers USA as one of America's leading intellectual property lawyers. His practice includes strategic intellectual property counseling, patent prosecution, dispute resolution, licensing, technology transactions, copyright protection, intellectual property mining and enforcement, prelitigation opinions, ex parte and inter partes reexamination practice, and patent interferences. Barufka develops strategic patent programs that are geared toward posturing the client's patent portfolio to increase market share, improve margins and generate licensing revenue. He also works proactively with clients to ensure that their product line is free from infringement problems and costly litigation. Barufka also concentrates in patent claim interpretation and designing around valid U.S. patents. In addition, he routinely provides advice in support of technology transactions and patent litigation. His areas of technical focus are electrical, mechanical, semiconductor, computer, software, medical devices and business methods.
Barufka has briefed and successfully argued patent appeals to the United States Patent and Trademark Office Board of Appeals and has represented clients in mediation and in administrative claims against the U.S. Government. He has also attended and defended Oppositions to European patents at the European Patent Office.
Barufka is an adjunct professor of law at George Washington University's National Law Center, where he teaches "Patent Strategy and Practice." He has served as an expert witness on patent infringement and is co-founder and editor of Patent Strategy and Technology Management, a monthly journal published by American Lawyer Media. Barufka has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, The ABA Journal, and National Journal's Technology Daily. He has also appeared as a featured guest on the CNNfn
television program, "Your Money." Barufka sits on the Corporate IP Management Committee for the Intellectual Property Owners IPO organization.
Barufka was previously employed by a laser component manufacturer. During his seven years with them, Barufka served in a number of different capacities, including design engineering, testing and product development relating to high-power gas lasers. He designed and developed cryogenic and catalytic gas processing systems for both Excimer and CO2 lasers. He also developed optics for lasers using advanced glass-metal sealing technologies.
Senior Director & IP Counsel
Patricia Bornes is a senior corporate attorney in Microsoft Corporation's Intellectual Property & Licensing Group. In her 13+ years with Microsoft, she has provided IP-related legal counsel to numerous business groups around the world. Since 2007, Bornes has been located in Raleigh, N.C., where she supports Microsoft's patent licensing programs and manages the legal support for the Open Solutions Group, a worldwide group of sales and marketing executives that manage Microsoft's interoperability alliance with Novell.
From 2004-2007, Bornes lived in London and was general counsel for Microsoft Research Ltd in Cambridge and intellectual property counsel to Microsoft R&D personnel in Europe and the Middle East. She was responsible for negotiating development and collaboration agreements with academic and industry partners, acting as liaison with the European Patent Office, and providing oversight on the development and maintenance of Microsoft's patent portfolio. Prior to 2004, Bornes was lead patent counsel for various product groups within Microsoft, including MSN and other online verticals, SQL Server, Visual Studio and Microsoft Dynamics, at Microsoft's corporate headquarters in Redmond, Wash.
Before joining Microsoft, Bornes prepared and prosecuted software patent applications as an associate with Seed Intellectual Property Law Group, a boutique IP law firm in Seattle.
Bornes has an undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of South Florida and a J.D. from the Florida State University. She is a registered patent attorney, a member of the Washington Bar and is active with the North Carolina Bar Association. She chairs the NCBA IP Licensing Committee and is an Executive Board member of the North Carolina Technology Association.
F. Kinsey Haffner
Vice President of Intellectual Property & Licensing
F. Kinsey Haffner is the vice president of intellectual property & licensing at Raytheon Company, where he has been part of the senior leadership team of its Office of the General Counsel since May 2007. Haffner leads Raytheon's 25-person Intellectual Property & Licensing department, which manages Raytheon's world-wide intellectual property portfolio of approximately 10,000 patents and pending patent applications, and is responsible for Raytheon's intellectual property and technology licensing activities, enterprise-wide.
Haffner came to Raytheon from The Bank of New York Mellon, which he joined in September 2006. Before going in-house at BNYMellon, Haffner was a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, which he joined as an associate in 1979 and specialized in transactional law with a focus on intellectual property and outsourcing. Haffner took a one-year leave of absence from private practice in 2001, to be the general counsel of Converge, Inc. Converge, Inc. was a start-up organized by Compaq and Hewlett Packard to develop internet-based tools and systems that enable OEM manufacturers to better manage their upstream supply chain.
Haffner received a B.A. degree in 1971, and a J.D. degree in 1974, both from Stanford University. He is admitted to the practice of law in California, New York and Washington, D.C.