Barker, Valerie

Valerie K.

Senior Associate

Valerie Barker handles a wide range of intellectual property matters for a diverse set of clients, focused primarily on patent litigation and patent prosecution. Valerie regularly handles complex disputes involving concurrent proceedings in Federal Courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC) and proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and she has served as the lead associate on high-stakes patent infringement matters and represented clients during Markman and Summary Judgment hearings.

Valerie has litigated patent infringement disputes involving a diverse range of technologies, including near field communication, wireless communications technologies, video and data communications technology, lighting devices, computer and server hardware and software, e-commerce, radio communications hardware, and medical devices. She also has experience prosecuting patent applications involving a variety of high-technology clients.

Industry Experience

Prior to law school, Valerie worked for seven years as an engineer at Lockheed Martin and Boeing. Her technical background in aerospace and mechanical engineering includes experience in flight testing, stability and control, flight simulation database development, wind tunnel testing, and lean manufacturing.

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Don’t Throw Coffee on Opposing Counsel and Other Ethical Tips,” Austin IP Law Association Meeting, August 2018
  • Speaker, “A Festival of the Ethical: How to Make Sure You’re Invited,” State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 2023

Membership & Activities

  • Austin Intellectual Property Law Association, President
  • American Gateways, Board Chair


  • J.D., University of Virginia
  • M.S., Engineering Management, Southern Methodist University
  • B.S., summa cum laude, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Oklahoma State University


  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts - Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts - Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts - Western District of Texas


  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office Practice
  • Strategic IP Counseling & Portfolio Management
  • Licensing, Monetization & Technology Transactions

Technologies & Industries

  • Battery Technology
  • Business Method Patents
  • Computing
  • Consumer Products
  • Electronics
  • Industrial Machinery and Heavy Engineering
  • LED Lighting
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Medical Devices
  • Oil & Gas
  • Software
  • Semiconductor & Integrated Circuits
  • Telecommunications