Anthony A. Hartmann
Anthony Hartmann focuses his practice on post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and complex patent litigation matters in U.S. federal district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), representing domestic and international clients. As a registered patent attorney and litigator, Mr. Hartmann works with his clients to develop coordinated strategies aligned with their business goals.
Mr. Hartmann is experienced in managing patent portfolios and arguing before the appeals section of the PTAB. He provides clearance, infringement, and validity opinions, as well as conducts due diligence investigations and portfolio reviews.
Specific technologies at issue in Mr. Hartmann's representations have included polymers (PE, PP, PET, and polyimides); lithium and alkaline batteries; grain-oriented electrical steel; jet engines; tires; fuel cells; biofuels; optical/electrical cables; lubricants; cosmetics; pharmaceuticals and other small molecules (including metallocene catalysts); vinyl flooring; medical devices; and battery chargers. Prior to joining Finnegan, he worked as a process development engineer with the Eastman Kodak Co., focused on the scale-up of photographic film manufacturing processes from lab to pilot plant to manufacturing.
Mr. Hartmann devotes time to pro bono matters. He has represented several veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and represented prisoners before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
- SK Innovation v. Celgard (PTAB). Representing SK Innovation in a pair of inter partes reviews (IPRs) regarding lithium batteries.
- POSCO v. Nippon Steel (PTAB). Representing POSCO in several ex parte and inter partes reexaminations regarding grain-oriented electrical steel.
- Certain Polyimide Film Products, 337-TA-772 (ITC). Defended SKC Kolon PI in a proceeding concerning polyimide films, resulting in a favorable determination.
- SKC Kolon PI v. Kaneka (PTAB). Represented SKC Kolon PI in a pair of inter partes reexaminations regarding polyimide films, finding all claim unpatentable.
- Rolls-Royce v. UTC (E.D. Va.). Defended United Technologies Corp. in a patent infringement action concerning the fan stage of various jet engines, resulting in a favorable summary judgment ruling.
- Eastman Chemical Co. v. Indorama and Eastman Chemical Co. v. DAK (D. Del.). Represented Eastman Chemical in a pair of patent infringement actions concerning PET, resulting in a favorable settlement.
- L'Oreal v. Clairol and L'Oreal v. Estee Lauder (D. N.J.). Represented L'Oréal in separate patent infringement actions, concerning hair dyes and mascaras, resulting in favorable settlements.
- Certain Zero-Mercury-Added Alkaline Batteries, 337-TA-493 (ITC). Defended the Gold Peak family of companies in a proceeding regarding zero-mercury-added alkaline batteries, resulting in a favorable licensing agreement.
- Jeckson Elec. v. GPE Int'l (D.D.C.). Represented GPE International in a declaratory judgment action regarding fast battery chargers, resulting in a favorable settlement.
- Mannington Mills v. Domco. Represented Mannington Mills in a successful arbitration of a patent license dispute regarding Mannington's vinyl flooring technology.
- Illinois 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
- International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
- Serves as an editor and contributor for Finnegan's AIA blog on PTAB trials and AIA provisions.
- "IPR: Where a Finding of Indefiniteness Is Not Necessarily a Definite Resolution," Inside Counsel, Oct. 6, 2016.
- Coauthor. "Navigating the Limitations on Discovery in AIA Post-Grant Proceedings," Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Review, Dec. 4, 2015.
- "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.