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Heather M. Barnes

Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.3952 | F 216.592.5009

Heather Barnes is a registered patent attorney focusing on intellectual property matters, including the domestic and international prosecution of patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

Heather values learning every client’s business to align their intellectual property strategy with tactical business goals. Her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering allows her to both understand clients’ technology and clearly communicate to all parties the best strategy for protecting it. Her management of intellectual property portfolios helps clients move projects forward and properly allocate financial resources.

Heather works with national brands to protect their products, including issues related to counterfeiting. She also routinely provides intellectual property advice for corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, license agreements, intellectual property policies, and joint development agreements. As a result of her involvement in the start-up community, Heather works with independent entrepreneurs and corporate clients seeking alternative revenue streams by shepherding new innovations from conception to commercialization.

Heather is a soccer mom to three children. She and her husband Jerry love spending time with their kids, family, and friends and especially enjoy hiking in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the area metro parks.

education & admissions


  • Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law (J.D., with distinction, 1999); Law Review, Managing Editor; Editor's Award; The Willis Society (Top 10%); Phi Kappa Phi (Top 10%); National Association of Women Lawyers, Outstanding Law Student Award
  • The University of Akron (B.S.M.E., 1996)

state admissions

  • Ohio, 1999

federal admissions

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Representative Experience

  • Represented a consumer products company in its domestic and foreign intellectual property matters – including procurement of patents and trademarks, freedom to operate opinions, license agreements, model releases, and enforcement of intellectual property rights – for exercise equipment and other home goods sold through ecommerce websites and infomercials
  • Conducted a seizure of counterfeit goods with U.S. Marshals in Compton, California, in a case against an importer seizing hundreds of counterfeit fitness products
  • Developed global intellectual property strategy for a manufacturing company to ensure new products were protected quickly in foreign markets and in the United States
  • Initiated an intellectual property program for capturing and protecting innovation for a university located in Ohio
publications & events

Speaking Engagements

  • "Protecting Your Ideas," Flight, Launch League, Akron, Ohio (December 2016)
  • "Copyright Basics," Akron Public Library, Akron, Ohio (September 2016)
  • "Trademark Issues that Affect Every Business Owner," Steubenville Bar Association, Steubenville, Ohio (August 2009)
  • "Networking – Making Relationships Click," "I Am Woman Hear Me Roar – Making Your Voice Heard," and "Making a Difference in Your Community," The Ohio Conference for Women, Cincinnati, Ohio (May 2009)
  • "How to Search Like a Pro: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web," National Business Institute, Akron, Ohio (May 2009)
  • "Strategies for Professional Success," Ohio Diversity Council Conference, Columbus, Ohio (November 2008)
  • "Patent, Trademark and Copyright Basics for Entrepreneurs," Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio (September 2007)
  • "Basic Intellectual Property Strategies Project Bootstraps," Jefferson Community College, Steubenville, Ohio (April 2006)


  • "A Surprising Plot Twist: Why Your Offer of Free Entertainment to the Public Could Get You in Trouble," Smart Business Cleveland (April 2015)
  • "Intellectual Property: What Startups Need to Consider When Developing an IP Protection Strategy," Smart Business Akron/Canton (June 2014)
  • "Software License Audits: How to Survive a Software License Compliance Audit," Smart Business Akron/Canton (May 2013)
  • "Protecting Your Medical Inventions, Designs and Processes," MD News, Cleveland-Akron-Canton edition (September-October 2012)
  • "Perfection at the Intersection of the UCC and Federal IP Law," ABI Journal, Vol. XXXI, No. 3 (April 2012)


  • "Protecting Your Intellectual Property Takes a Conscious Effort," Smart Business Akron/Canton (March 2013)

Awards & Professional Recognition

  • Ohio Super Lawyers® (2015-2018)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars® (2006, 2007, 2010-2012)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, AV® Preeminent™ rating
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law (ALM) (2018)
  • Cleveland’s Legal Leaders™, Top Rated Lawyer (2013)
    • General Practice
    • Intellectual Property
    • Internet Law
  • Barbara Mathews Award, Leadership Akron (2013)
  • “Most Powerful & Influential Women in Ohio,” Ohio Diversity Council (2008-2009)
  • “30 for the Future,” Young Professionals Network, Greater Akron Chamber (2008)
in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Akron Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Leadership Akron, Class 29
    • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Planning Committee
  • National Super Kids Classic, Board of Directors
  • Torchbearers
    • Past President and Vice President
    • Torchbearer College Committee, Former Chair
  • ArchAngels Deal Flow Committee for Entrepreneurs
  • Ask a Patent Attorney, Akron Public Library
  • University of Mount Union, Raider Tank Judge for Entrepreneurial Students