Anthony A. Hartmann
Anthony Hartmann focuses his practice on litigating complex patent matters in U.S. federal district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), representing domestic and international clients. Specific technologies that have been at issue include polymers (polyethylene, polypropylene, PET, and polyimides), metallocene chemistry, acetabular cups, vinyl flooring, cosmetics, batteries, battery chargers, pharmaceuticals, and jet engines.
Mr. Hartmann is also a registered patent attorney experienced in handling matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including prosecuting original, reissue, and reexamination applications, and arguing before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) (formerly the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences). Mr. Hartmann has handled patent portfolios in the fields of cosmetics, tires, flameless burners, biofuels, fuel cells, and optical / electrical cables. Mr. Hartmann’s practice also encompasses clearance, infringement, and validity opinion work as well as due diligence investigations with a focus on chemical, pharmaceutical, and medical device technologies.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hartmann gained legal experience working as an associate with a small intellectual property firm in Chicago, where his practice focused on patent interferences and U.S. district court litigation.
- Represented Mannington Mills in a successful arbitration of a patent license dispute regarding Mannington's flooring technology.
- Represented L’Oréal in separate patent infringement actions concerning hair dyes and mascaras.
- Defended the Gold Peak family of companies in an ITC action for zero-mercury batteries, resulting in a very favorable licensing agreement.
- Defended GPE International in a declaratory judgment action regarding fast battery chargers, resulting in a favorable settlement.
- Represented Eastman Chemical Co. in a patent infringement action concerning PET, resulting in a very favorable settlement.
- Defended United Technologies Corp. in a patent infringement action before the E.D. Virginia concerning the fan stage of various jet engines, resulting in a favorable summary judgment ruling.
- Former process development engineer with the Eastman Kodak Co., where he earned his Professional Engineering license from the State of New York, 1988-1993.
- Served as managing editor of the Journal of College and University Law during law school, 1995-1996.
- Illinois Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- District of Columbia Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Giles S. Rich Inn of Court
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers
- American Chemical Society
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
- Serves as a regular contributor to Finnegan's AIA blog.
- "Derivation and the PTAB," IP Litigator, Jan./Feb 2015.
- "Protecting Confidential Information Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board," BNA's Patent, Trademark, & Copyright Journal, April 19, 2013.
- "The New Prior-User-Rights Defense: What Trade Secret Holders Need to Consider," The National Law Journal, June 19, 2012.