Barry Shelton

Barry Shelton

Office: (512) 263-2165, Cell: (512) 517-9998


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Barry Shelton is a co-founder of Shelton Coburn. His legal career started in 1999 at Wireless Knowledge, a joint venture between Microsoft and Qualcomm, during the dot-com boom. He had engineering, management and legal roles at Wireless Knowledge, including Vice President of Operations, Intellectual Property Counsel and acting General Counsel. He is a named inventor on three U.S. patents covering inventions he co-developed while at Wireless Knowledge and three U.S. patents on authentication issued since 2016.

In 2001, Barry entered private practice at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP (now DLA Piper), focusing on patent litigation. He was a partner in large international law firms, including Fish & Richardson P.C., Bracewell & Giuliani LLP (co-chair of IP Litigation) and most recently Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where he was the head of the Intellectual Property group for the Austin office.

Over his twenty-one year career, Barry has handled over one hundred patent matters and tried fourteen cases in district courts across the United States and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. He has argued appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has also litigated trade secret cases and tried a trade secret misappropriation case to verdict in Texas state court.

Mr. Shelton has served as lead counsel in cases across all disciplines of electrical engineering, focusing on processor and computer architecture, software, networks and communication protocols, and semiconductors. In addition, he is a registered patent attorney, and has prosecuted patents, performed due-diligence analysis of patent portfolios, authored non-infringement, invalidity and freedom to operate opinions, and performed patent assertion and targeting analysis for operating companies.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Barry was the president and founder of Performance Consulting Group, LLC, a technical instructor at Vortex Data Systems and an electronics engineer for the U.S. Navy at the Naval Aviation Depot in San Diego, California. During law school he held every Microsoft and Novell certification and was a Cisco CCNA.

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