Barbara Campbell
  • Patent Attorney


Fort Collins, CO





Barbara Campbell has seven years of experience in intellectual property and is a Patent Attorney with Cochran Freund & Young LLC. Barbara's experience includes domestic and international patent prosecution, trademarks, patentability opinions, pre-litigation counseling, patent interference, due diligence of intellectual property assets, plant breeders rights, plant variety protection rights, trade secrets and complex licensing matters. Barbara has filed and prosecuted numerous patent, plant breeders rights, plant variety protection and trademark applications in North America and throughout Europe, South America, Australia and Asia.

Barbara has prosecuted domestic and international patent applications in the areas of biotechnology, biomechanics, agricultural sciences, plant genetics, plant traits, plant sciences, nutraceutical, cosmeceutical, and bio-energy/bio-fuels. Barbara also works closely with clients regarding seed labeling compliance with the Federal Seed Act.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Barbara worked as a Research & Development chemist in Cleveland, Ohio. As a graduate student, Barbara taught Botany laboratory as a Research Assistant, as well as other Biology laboratory courses. Barbara has a Master's degree in Biology with an emphasis in genetics and ecological studies.

Areas Of Practice

  • IP Strategies
  • Biotechnology, Agricultural, Horticultural and Chemical Patents
  • Plant Patents
  • International Plant Breeders Rights
  • U.S. Plant Variety Protection
  • European Community Plant Variety Protection
  • Domestic and International Trademarks
  • Licensing of Intellectual Property
  • Seed Labeling
  • Trade Secret Issues

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2008
  • Ohio, 2004
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2006


  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
    • Juris Doctor - 2003
  • Cleveland State University
    • M.S. - 1998
    • Major: Biology with an emphasis in Genetics and Ecological Studies
  • Cleveland State University
    • B.S. - 1994
    • Major: Biology

Published Works

  • Co-author: “Protecting Plant Genetics,” Grower Talks Magazine (October 28, 2016)
  • Credited: “Navigating the Seed of Confusion” Julie McNabb, Seed World (December 2012)
  • Author: “Agreements – An Important Aspect for Protecting Your Intellectual Property” GPN (Greenhouse Product News), Vol. 32, No. 8 (August 2012)
  • Co-author: : “The Forgotten Patent,” Greenhouse Product News (November 2013)
  • Co-author: : “Bowman vs. Monsanto” Seed World (September 2013)
  • Co-author: “Supreme Court Holds: Patent Exhaustion Does Not Apply to Patented Seeds,” SeedWorld (September 2013)
  • Co-author: “Hey you stole my plant!” GrowerTalks Magazine (October 2012)
  • Co-author: “What Happens When a Patent Expires?” Germination Magazine (January 2012)
  • Co-author: “Obama Reforms Patent Law,” SeedWorld (December 2011)
  • Co-author: “What Happens When a Patent Expires?” SeedWorld (December 2011)
  • Co-author: “Patent Reform in the U.S.,” SeedWorld (December 2011)
  • Co-author: “Developing an IP Strategy: Plant Patents,” Greenhouse Product News, Vol 21 Number 9 (September 2011)
  • Co-author: “Plant Patent Primer: A step-by-step guide for protecting your new plants with a U.S. plant patent” Greenhouse Grower (mid-September 2011)
  • Co-author: “A Plant by Any Name is Not the Same,” GrowerTalks Magazine (June 23, 2011)
  • Co-author: “Never Forget Your Names,” FloraCulture Magazine (January 2010)


  • Speaker: “Basics of Licensing Conventional Plant Varieties and Germplasm,” for the Seed Innovation Protection Alliance in Raleigh, North Carolina, April 2016
  • Speaker: “Intellectual Property Protection for the Hemp and Cannabis Industry,” Colorado Industrial Hemp and Awards Festival, Boulder, Colorado, March 2016
  • Speaker: “Trademarks and Plant Varietal Names,” at the Flower and Vegetable annual meeting for the American Seed Trade Association, Anaheim, California, February 2016
  • Speaker: “U.S. Plant Patent Protection,” at the Plant Patent, Breeders Rights, and Certified Seed seminar for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Westminster, Colorado, December 2015
  • Speaker: “Patent and PVP Application Requirements,” at the Corn, Soybean, and Sorghum conference for the American Seed Trade Association, Chicago, Illinois, December 2015
  • Speaker: “The Nagoya Protocol,” American Society of Horticultural Science, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 2015
  • Speaker: “Developing and Intellectual Property Strategy,” Independent Plant Breeders Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, November 2014
  • Co-speaker: “Bowman V. Monsanto and Other Current Patent Issues,” Soybean Breeders and Pathologists Workshop, St. Louis, Missouri, 2013
  • Co-speaker: “Use of Intellectual Property for a Small or Growing Business,” GRO-Biz and Idea Conference, Laramie, Wyoming, February 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • American Seed Trade Association (ASTA)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Colorado IP American Inn of Court