Joe Barich

Credentials: JD, MS

Position title: lecturer

Chicago, Illinois

Joe Barich is a registered patent attorney, who enjoys teaching engineering and law students about intellectual property, contracts, and other legal matters.

He earned his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before earning his JD at Boston College Law School. He then returned to the Midwest to practice at a large intellectual property (IP) specialty firm in Chicago for 15 years before forming his own firm, Barich IP Law Group. Joe’s practice at Barich IP Law Group encompasses all forms of IP including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, and other IP matters.

Joe has taught at the University of Illinois College of Law for more than 15 years, including courses in patent prosecution and Introduction to intellectual Property—as well as founding and directing an IP clinic wherein law students have performed patent and trademark services for more than 200 startup companies that were referred by the Technology Entrepreneur Center at the University of Illinois College of Engineering.

Additionally, for more than 10 years, Joe has taught at the University of Illinois College of Engineering, where he teaches engineering law as well as startups: incorporation, funding, contracts, and intellectual property.

As part of the UW-Madison Engineering Professional Development Masters of Engineering in Engineering Management program, Joe teaches engineering law, which provides practicing engineers with legal tools and insights that they can use to generate value in their careers—both immediately and as they advance.

Joe has been repeatedly named an Illinois SuperLawyer and has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching. He is also a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).