Bart Eppenauer is a Partner in the Intellectual Property Group of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, and Managing Partner of the firm’s Seattle office. His practice at Shook focuses on strategic IP counseling and analysis, pre-litigation and litigation defense strategy and resolution, complex commercial and IP transactions and license agreements, and technology and IP policy advocacy. Prior to rejoining Shook, Bart was Chief Patent Counsel and Associate General Counsel at Microsoft for more than a decade. In that role, Bart led the development of Microsoft’s worldwide patent portfolio and managed a team of more than 100 IP professionals offering IP counseling and product development support across all of Microsoft’s business and research divisions. Under Bart’s guidance, Microsoft’s high-quality patent portfolio resulted in an extremely successful IP licensing program and received top rankings in IEEE Spectrum, BusinessWeek and The Patent Board.