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ANTHONY BARKUME

anthony@barkume.com

631-259-9099        

Tony founded the firm in 1996 and currently manages all phases of its operation. He also serves as Chief Patent Counsel to Signature Systems, LLC and is Of Counsel to the New York firm of Sutton Magidoff LLP.

Tony has over thirty years of legal and engineering experience, including roles as in-house patent counsel to Symbol Technologies, Inc. and the co-head of the patent prosecution practice at Greenberg Traurig LLP.  Tony has also been associated with the firms White & Case LLP, Hedman Gibson & Costigan P.C., and Brumbaugh Graves Donohue & Raymond.

As an electrical engineer, Tony was a senior design engineer at AIL Systems and Hazeltine Corporation, involved in hardware design of embedded custom computer systems, hybrid microelectronics, power control systems, as well as software design for the operation of such systems.

Tony graduated magna cum laude from the St. John's University School of Law in 1991, where he focused in intellectual property practice and was a member of the Law Review. Previously, he received his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and also studied engineering at the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Tony's practice includes all phases of patent application preparation and prosecution, reexaminations, licensing transactions, due diligence for corporate intellectual property transactions, prior art searches and opinions, infringement and validity studies and opinions, portfolio management in the U.S. and abroad, intellectual property audits, and trademark prosecution, oppositions, protection and brand enforcement.  He enjoys representing clients of all sizes, from individual inventors and start-ups to multi-national corporations.  Tony also works closely with numerous firms worldwide in order to provide their clients with representation at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Tony works extensively in the electrical and computer hardware and software fields, and has particular experience with computer and networked systems, Internet applications and business methods, mobile applications, loyalty programs, bar code and related machine-reading technologies, alarm and security systems and components, digital and analog circuits, computer interfaces, as well as mechanical and electromechanical devices.  Tony also works with design patents, trademarks, and trade secret issues.

Tony is admitted to practice in the United States Patent and Trademark Office,  New York State, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of NY and Eastern District of NY, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Tony's publications include Patents For Software-Related Inventions, 5 Software L.J. 279, 1992; Disclosure Requirements For Software Related Patents, 8 The Computer Lawyer 1, October 1991; and Proprietary Protection of Computer User Interfaces, 64 St. John’s Law Review. 559, 1990.