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Lynn C. Tyler is a partner and registered patent lawyer in the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. Mr. Tyler helps innovative companies secure and preserve their market position and competitive advantage by navigating their way through the FDA to the marketplace and enforcing their intellectual property rights, which often must be protected against imitators who seek to reap where they have not sown. He litigates intellectual property matters and represents clients at virtually all stages of the process, including pre-litigation counseling, alternative dispute resolution, formal and informal discovery, trial and appeal.

Mr. Tyler also chairs the firm's Food, Drug and Devices Law Practice Group, counseling clients on diverse matters such as IDEs and 510(k) applications, FDA inspections, and labeling and promotion issues.

Mr. Tyler has represented clients in federal courts throughout the country in cases involving patents, trademarks and trade dress, trade secrets, antitrust, non-compete agreements, and unfair competition. Mr. Tyler has also represented clients in Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission. Some of the technologies involved in these cases include artificial hips, automotive fuel caps, cable television test equipment, cement kilns, electrochemical blood glucose monitors and other blood assays and analyzers, computer software, pharmaceuticals and spinal implants.

He has participated in more than 15 trials and injunction hearings in complex commercial matters. For appellate matters, he has been the lead counsel in over 30 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States and various federal and state courts. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, several federal Courts of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of Indiana.

Mr. Tyler graduated summa cum laude in 1981 from the University of Notre Dame and received his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1984. He also received a M.S. in biology from IUPUI in 2007. He was a member of the Michigan Law Review and elected to the Order of Coif. He is chair of the Webinar Subcommittee for the AIPLA's Biotech Committee and serves on the Damages and Injunctions Standing Commitee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association. He is a member of the 7th Circuit, Federal Circuit, Indiana State, and Indianapolis Bar Associations.

Mr. Tyler is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and Indiana Super Lawyers®. He is the author of several articles published on issues of intellectual property or federal procedure in a variety of peer-reviewed publications. In 2010, one of his articles won the prestigious Burton Award for Legal Achievement. His civic activities include being a co-founder, past president, and volunteer for the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic (NCLC) and past chairman of the Indianapolis Civic Theatre (1999-2002). Currently, he serves on the board of the Indiana Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. For his work on behalf of the NCLC, he received the Indianapolis Bar Association's Pro Bono Award in 2002 and was a co-recipient of the firm's inaugural Joseph A. Maley Pro Bono Award in 2009. He is a member of United Way's Tocqueville Society.


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Practice areas


  1. Patent Infringement: 50%
  2. Federal Regulation: 30%
  3. Intellectual Property: 20%


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11 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN, 46204


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2012
Indiana SuperLawyersKey Professional Media2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2011
Indiana Super LawyersKey Professional Media2010
Burton Award for Legal AchievementBurton Foundation2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodard/White, Inc.2010
Joseph A. Maley Pro Bono AwardBarnes & Thornburg LLP2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward/White, Inc.2009
Indiana SuperLawyersKey Professional Media2009
Pro Bono AwardIndianapolis Bar Association2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBarnes & Thornburg1984 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember1997 - Present
Federal Circuit Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Indiana State Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Seventh Circuit Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Abbott Labs v. Roche DiagnosticsSettled after favorable partial summary judgments
Loparex LLC v. MPI Release TechnologiesSummary judgment for defendants on trade secret and related claims; case remains pending on counterclaims (as of 9/2011).
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Publication nameTitleDate
BNA PTC JournalFederal Circuit Establishes Standards for Patent Prosecution Bars in Protective Order2010
Wake Forest IP LJKingsdown 20 Years Later - What It Takes to Prove Inequitable Conduct is No Clearer2009
Federal Circuit Bar JournalKingsdown 15 years later: What does it take to prove inequitable conduct2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WebinarAMP v. USPTO - 35 USC 101 and DNA Sequence Patents2011
WebinarStanford v. Roche - The Decision and What It Means to You and Your Clients2011
WebinarRestriction Practice in Biotech Applications2011
WebinarPatenting Biotechnology in Uncertain Times2010
2008 Patent Law SummitPatent Damages2008