H. Michael Hartmann

H. Michael Hartmann

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in Chicago, IL

Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd.
 | 180 North Stetson Avenue, Two Prudential Plaza, Suite 4900
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-616-5600
Fax: 312-616-5700
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (60%),
  • Intellectual Property (40%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • German
Attorney Profile

Mr. Hartmann is active in all phases of intellectual property law with an emphasis in intellectual property litigation and technology protection and transfer in the United States and internationally.  He has acted as trial counsel in jury and bench trials, ITC proceedings, and related pre-trial and appellate proceedings in diverse technical fields including software, telecom, machine vision and semiconductor manufacturing, oil field drilling technology, subsea electric and fiber optic connectors, stand-by power generation, ethylene oxide catalysts, molecular sieve zeolites, polymeric lenses and membranes, pharmaceuticals, x-ray film emulsions, and gypsum wall board manufacture.  His international experience includes directing legal proceedings in courts in England, Germany, and France, as well as before the European and Japanese Patent Offices. He has participated in a number of domestic and international technology transfer and licensing transactions.

Mr. Hartmann was born in Frankfurt, Germany and is fluent in German. Prior to joining the firm, he served on the engineering staff of Mobil Oil Corporation (now ExxonMobil) and worked as an intern with a German patent firm. He has lectured before a number of groups, including the AIPLA, the VPP (German Patent Lawyers Association), the Pharma & Biotech Patent Conference in Shanghai, and the European Patent Package Conference in Mannheim. He is a member of a number of national and international professional organizations.  Mr. Hartmann presently serves as the president of the firm.

About Michael Hartmann

Admitted: 1976, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.leydig.com/attorneys/h-hartmann


  • Selected by peers as a Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law – Leading Lawyers Network, 2004
  • Named as one of "The World's Leading Patent Practitioners" - Intellectual Asset Management's IAM 1000 (2012)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated (Highest Rating) – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA, 2007-Present
  • Named among “The Top 100” Leading Business Lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers Magazine – Business Edition 2012
  • Listed among the Top Lawyers in Illinois in Intellectual Property Law – Chicago Lawyer
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Intellectual Property Law, 2008-Present
  • Named Best Lawyers’ Chicago Patent Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2013

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Richard Linn Inn of Court
  • VPP (German IP Lawyers Association)
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) (Board of Managers, 2009)
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
  • Association Internationale Pour La Protection De La Propriété Industrielle
  • U.S. Bar-EPO Liaison Council (former Chair)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Litigating Against Acquired Patents," American Intellectual Property Law Association's (AIPLA) 2010 Mid-Winter Institute, La Quinta, California, January 27-30, 2010
  • Speaker on "Mock Direct and Cross-Examination of an Expert in a Patent Case," Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC), Patent Law Symposium 2009, September 25, 2009
  • Participated as an emcee during the 2009 Inside Counsel SuperConference, Chicago, IL, May 5-6, 2009
  • "Wrestling with Trade Secret Damages: Insights from a Plaintiff’s and Defendant’s Perspective," American Intellectual Property Law Association's (AIPLA) 2011 Spring Meeting, Palace Hotel, San Francisco, CA, May 13, 2011
  • "Lifecycle Management Strategies for Blockbuster Medicines: Brand and Generic Perspectives," LexisNexis 3rd Annual Pharma and Biotech Conference, Shanghai, China, September 22, 2011
  • "Managing U.S. IP Litigation: A View from the Inside," VPP Conference, Mainz, Germany, October 20, 2011
  • “The Unified European Patent Court, An American Perspective:  Cautious Optimism,” European Patent Package Conference, Univ. of Mannheim, February 2014
  • “Enforcing a Patent in Europe – A New Solution in Search of a Problem?” 2010 High Technology Protection Summit, Univ. of Washington, Seattle

Educational Background:

  • DePaul University, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Colorado School of Mines, B.S. in Engineering

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Office Location for H. Michael Hartmann

180 North Stetson Avenue
Two Prudential Plaza, Suite 4900
Chicago, IL 60601

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Last Updated: 11/17/2018

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