Robert Baraona
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EMAIL rbaraona@mcdonaldhopkins.com

PHONE 216.348.5413

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Rob is counsel in the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. He has over 16 years of experience, focusing on the creation and management of patents, trade secrets, and other intellectual assets. Specifically, he specializes in developing comprehensive intellectual property strategies and best practices, counseling clients on how to manage and extract value from patent and intellectual property portfolios, and writing applications for patent and trademark cases. He has also managed patent and trademark litigation for corporate clients and negotiated supply, consulting, license and purchase agreements, along with various other arrangements involving intellectual property rights.

Prior to joining McDonald Hopkins, Rob spent almost a decade as in-house patent counsel for a $6 billion consumer products’ manufacturer. He also has experience both as a law firm associate and as patent counsel for a multinational industrial equipment manufacturer. His core technical competencies are in the area of chemistry and electrochemistry, with particular emphasis on batteries and fuel cells.

Rob earned a J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1998. He received a B.S. in chemistry, cum laude, from Ohio University in 1994.


Admissions - Court

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Admissions - State

  • Ohio


  • The Ohio State University College of Law
  • Ohio University

Professional Membership

  • Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, In-House Committee