Early in his career, a judge cautioned Mike Hartmann “to be careful what you wish for – you may just get it.” It was a timeless lesson. Over the past forty years, judges, clients, colleagues and opposing counsel have all provided invaluable advice. Mike developed a keen sense for discerning the big picture and structure solutions accordingly, whether in “bet the company” litigation or more modest disputes.
Mike’s ability to deal with the technical and business issues at the heart of complex patent and trade secret disputes makes him a key asset to companies asserting or defending their intellectual property rights. His international background, experience, and perspective, covering a wide range of industries and technologies, allow him to effectively advance his clients’ interests in the United States and around the globe. One of Mike’s early successes, involving the rights to fundamental soft contact lens technology, was featured in an article entitled The Global View of H. Michael Hartmann.
Active in all phases of intellectual property law, Mike focuses on complex patent and trade secret litigation, Patent Office representation, and the creation, defense, and transfer of intellectual property portfolios in the United States and internationally. He has served as lead counsel in numerous jury and bench trials, appeals, Patent Office proceedings and major transactional matters.
Born and raised in Frankfurt, Germany, and fluent in his native language, Mike leverages his extensive experience in international patent matters on behalf of companies throughout Asia and Europe. He’s represented major corporations in China, Japan, Korea, Belgium, Germany and the U.K. in intellectual property portfolio creation, enforcement, and defense, as well as technology transfer and licensing matters. He has participated in legal proceedings in courts in England, Germany, and France, as well as before the European and Japanese patent offices.
Mike’s technical experience extends throughout a rich variety of disciplines and industries, including:
Before starting his legal career, Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and attended an MBA program at Tulane University in New Orleans. He worked on the engineering staff of Mobil Oil Corp. (now ExxonMobil) and interned with a German patent firm before earning his law degree magna cum laude from DePaul University College of Law. Joining Leydig immediately after law school, Hartmann was president of the firm from 2009-2015.
He has lectured before numerous professional groups, including the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Practicing Law Institute, and at German professional conferences. Hartmann is also a member of several national and international professional organizations.