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In today’s global marketplace, pioneering and innovative companies and inventors face more competitive threats than ever. That is why over 100 organizations from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses, start-ups, and individuals have relied on Hartman Global to protect their ideas, creations, and other forms of intellectual property (IP). We are passionate advocates of innovation who specialize in IP law. Our work knows no boundaries, as Hartman Global has extensive patent experience around the world. Our expertise includes a spectrum of services involving patents, trademarks, and copyrights.







Did you see PittMoss on ABC’s reality show Shark Tank? Following its appearance, the company garnered $1.5 million in investments. Hartman Global obtained the original patent for the founder of PittMoss and continues to work with PittMoss to protect its most recent developments for the company’s sustainable alternative to peat moss.

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A patent is a property right granted to an inventor in exchange for the inventor’s disclosure of his/her invention. “Utility” patents can be obtained to protect processes, machines, articles of manufacture, and compositions. A U.S. patent grants its owner the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, and offering the patented invention within the U.S. However, a patent will be granted only if the invention (a) is novel, new, and unique, (b) is unobvious in view of what has been done previously, and (c) was not used in public or offered for sale more than one year before filing the application.

Uniquely Qualified
Since 1995, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued patents for over 90% of the applications prepared and prosecuted by Hartman Global to completion on behalf of clients in technologies that include materials, mechanical, and computer sciences. The success we’ve achieved on behalf of our clients is a direct result of our attorneys’ training, credentials, years of experience, and highly personalized approach.

Every patent attorney at Hartman Global holds a law degree as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in either materials science or mechanical engineering. In addition, our technical knowledge extends beyond academia to real-world industry experience, as each of our attorneys worked as an engineer prior to joining Hartman Global. Our practical and hands-on engineering backgrounds enable Hartman Global to quickly assess an invention and its various technical and commercial aspects, which allows us to expedite the protection of your intellectual property, reduce competitive risks, and save you time and money.

In addition to our unique combination of engineering and patent experience, Hartman Global’s highly personal approach further distinguishes us from other intellectual property law firms. With a true appreciation of the journey that our clients have traveled to take an idea from concept to completion, we invest the time to gain a comprehensive understanding of each client’s work and business objectives. Then, we prepare patent applications that focus on the technical and commercial objectives of the client, will maximize protection, and support effective licensing.

Hartman Global’s proven track record of success in the patent field is reflected in the long list of patents issued for our clients in a wide variety of technical fields and industries, including aerospace, medical, electronic, computer, automotive, and manufacturing.

Hartman Global’s patent services include:

  • Preparing and filing patent applications in the USPTO and foreign offices
  • Preparing patentability, infringement, validity, and inventorship opinions
  • Managing the licensing, assignment, and enforcement of patents
  • Drafting licensing, joint development, and nondisclosure agreements
  • Transferring ownership and facilitating recordation
  • Conducting due diligence to support “Freedom-to-Operate” and “Right-to-Use” opinions
  • Asserting and defending patent infringement
  • Advising on litigation and recommending resources

Hartman Global’s local presence in conjunction with our engineering expertise ensures prompt service — critical in today’s competitive landscape. For more than 10 years, we’ve helped Urschel Laboratories quickly secure global patents for its precision-engineered food-cutting machines.

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Generally, a trademark is a word, slogan, logo, design or combination of words, logos, and/or designs that serves to identify and distinguish the goods or services of one party from those of another. Trademarks serve to protect the public from confusion and deception as to the origin and/or quality of goods or services, as well as protect the trademark owner’s reputation associated with the goods or services. Trademark laws achieve these goals by conferring a trademark owner with the right to prevent others from using the mark or a confusingly similar mark for similar and related goods and services.

Proven Expertise Protecting Brands
Savvy companies realize that their brands are vital to their long-term business success. As a result, the number of trademark applications submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office has exploded in recent years. If you’ve worked to distinguish your company or product from others in the marketplace, a trademark is an essential component for protecting your investment.

Hartman Global’s trademark attorneys have extensive expertise in all aspects of trademark law, and our experience spans a spectrum of industries. We employ our knowledge to protect client brands in the United States and abroad by:

  • Advising on trademark selection, use, and protection
  • Conducting trademark searches
  • Filing trademark registrations
  • Drafting assignment and licensing agreements
  • Enforcing trademarks
  • Conducting trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Negotiating Internet domain name disputes
  • Advising on litigation and recommending resources

Our firm has helped hundreds of companies, including SENSIT Technologies, a maker of natural gas leak detection equipment, guard their hard-earned reputation and defend against unfair competition.

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Copyrights protect original “works” of authorship that are fixed in tangible form, such as literary, musical, dramatic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, audiovisual, and architectural works. Generally, a copyright gives the owner of the copyright the exclusive right to reproduce a work, to prepare derivatives of the work, to distribute copies of the work, and to display the work publicly. Though copyright applications can often be completed and filed by the copyright owner, the assistance of an attorney is advisable if there are any legal determinations required in order to establish authorship, the nature of authorship, the type of registration form required, or the status of a work as a derivative.

While imitation may be the “sincerest form of flattery,” it’s not a sound practice for those who create works of authorship. At Hartman Global, we are dedicated to protecting our clients’ original works whether they are artistic, literary, or architectural in nature.

With 25 years of experience in copyright law, our attorneys also understand that new products often have elements that require copyright protection in addition to patent and trademark protection. We identify what those elements are and devise cost-effective strategies for providing maximum protection. Our firm helps clients protect their copyrights by:

  • Assessing the rights in a work
  • Identifying appropriate types of copyright registration
  • Drafting and negotiating assignment and licensing agreements
  • Registering works at the United States Copyright Office
  • Enforcing copyrights
  • Advising on litigation and recommending resource

Hartman Global fully leveraged copyrights to protect the design and jewelry aspects of ScribbleBand LLC’s erasable reminder bracelet.

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