A Michigan native, Scott Barnett spent the past 16 years living, attending school, and practicing patent law in Chicago.
He jumped at a chance earlier this year to take a position with Harness Dickey in its Troy office and finally get back to the state he loves.
Barnett’s current practice is focused on strategic patent counsel and obtaining patent rights for clients in the U.S. and abroad.
Why did you become a lawyer?
Oddly enough, I decided to become a patent lawyer very early on because a family friend
— now a colleague at Harness Dickey — was a patent lawyer, and I thought his job was fascinating. I always enjoyed technology and writing, so patent law seemed like a natural fit.
What advice do you have for someone considering law school?
Have a strong understanding of the type of law you want to practice going in and spend your time building expertise in that area. Given the expense of law school and the competitiveness of the job market, I think it’s important to identify a specialty very early on.
What’s your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Securing a judgment of willful patent infringement on behalf of a patent-owner client against a nefarious, copycat-competitor. The jury verdict allowed our client to keep a U.S. factory open that employed more than fifty people, many of whom I came to know and admire over the course of the litigation.