Brad Hartman is an intellectual property and corporate lawyer with experience litigating intellectual property cases and business disputes in state and federal courts. Brad has offices in Phoenix and Washington, D.C.
Brad helps clients of all shapes and sizes – holding a broad spectrum of products and technologies – protect, license, transfer, and enforce their trademarks, patents, copyright-protected materials, Internet domain names and trade secrets. Brad clears, registers, and enforces trademarks in the U.S. and internationally, including litigation in federal courts and in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Brad helps clients pinpoint, protect, and generate profit from their intellectual property rights.
Brad is involved in drafting and negotiating complex agreements involving the acquisition, protection and licensing of intellectual property rights, as well as confidentiality, invention assignment and nondisclosure agreements. He also works with clients in recovering pirated domain names and halting the infringement of intellectual property rights on the Internet.
Brad’s clients look to him as their “outside general counsel,” seeking his advice and assistance on a variety of legal matters, from corporate to complex commercial litigation to employment.
Before founding the firm in 2010, Brad was a Member of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC, one of the oldest law firms in Phoenix, with 80 attorneys in four offices. Previously, Brad was a Partner in the Phoenix office of Stinson LLP, a law firm with nearly 500 attorneys and 13 office nationwide (then Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP). Brad chaired the firm’s Phoenix office business department.
In 2020, Brad was named “Lawyer of the Year” for his trademark law work by Best Lawyers in America®. In 2017 Brad was selected “Lawyer of the Year” for Intellectual Property Litigation. In 2016 Brad was “Lawyer of the Year” for Copyright Law and in 2014 and 2015 Brad was “Lawyer of the Year” for Patent Litigation. Brad was also included in the 2012-2020 editions in the areas of Trademark Law, Copyright Law, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Patent Litigation. Best Lawyer in America® rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field. Brad is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell and was selected to the Southwest Super Lawyers list for years 2014-2020.
Prior to his work in private practice, Brad served as a legal intern for the United States Supreme Court and a law clerk at the United States Department of Justice. He obtained his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and his B.B.A. in Economics and Public Policy Administration from The George Washington University.
- J.D., The George Washington University Law School (1995)
Recipient of the Wilkinson Scholarship
- B.B.A., Economics and Public Policy Administration, The George Washington University (1990)
Magna cum laude
- Recipient of the George Washington University Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship
- Dean’s List
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
- District of Columbia
- Virginia (inactive)
- Federal Bar Association
- District of Colombia Bar
Intellectual Property Law Community Steering Committee (2020-2023)
- State Bar of Arizona
Intellectual Property Law Section (Chair, 2002-2004, 2014-2015)
Intellectual Property Law Section (Executive Council, 2002-2005, 2009-2018)
Business Law Section
- Maricopa County Bar Association (1997-2019)
Technology Law Section (Chair, 2000-2001)
- International Trademark Association (INTA)
Membership Services Committee (2006-2007)
Parallel Imports Subcommittee (2010-2011)
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
AWARDS AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT
- Best Lawyer’s In America® (2011-2020)
- Best Lawyer’s In America® Lawyer of the Year (Trademark Law 2020 and 2021)
- Best Lawyer’s In America® Lawyer of the Year (Copyright Law 2014 and 2015)
- Best Lawyer’s In America® Lawyer of the Year (Patent Litigation 2015)
- Southwest Super Lawyers (2014-2020)
- North Valley Magazine, Top Valley Lawyers – Intellectual Property Law (2012, 2013)
- The Phoenix Business Journal, “Forty Under 40” emerging leaders for 2007
- ArcadiaKids Community Service (Co-Founder)
- Valley Leadership Class 30
- VisionQuest 20/20 (National Director 2010-2018)
- Negotiate and draft patent license agreements in the fields of Internet technology, alternative energy research and development, digital disk repair technology, automobile parts, construction tools, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
- Prosecute trademark applications and represented clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
- Successfully defend trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
- Manage large U.S. and international trademark and patent portfolios for companies providing goods and services in the fields of alternative energy, nutritional supplements, real estate, tourism, and financial services.
- Trademark, copyright and patent litigation in the state and federal courts.
- Obtained a preliminary injunction in a trademark infringement matter resulting in the termination of all sales and advertising of infringing goods.
- Obtained a temporary restraining order to prevent a consultant from using and disclosing client materials post-termination.
- Successfully handled some of the earliest administrative (UDRP) and District Court proceedings involving domain name “cyber-squatting.”
- Advise clients with respect to IP acquisition, due diligence, licensing, management and enforcement.
- Negotiate and prepare technology transfer, licensing and other agreements and contracts regarding all aspects of IP rights and ownership.
- Advise clients on issues relating to IP rights on the Internet.
- Prepare articles of organization and incorporation, operating agreements and bylaws, asset purchase agreements, buy-sell agreements and related corporate documents.
- Represent employees in administrative appeal of reprimand and job reassignment.
- Defend attorneys in malpractice actions.
- Defend attorney in disciplinary proceedings before the State Bar of Arizona.
- Negotiate emerging technology and infrastructure roll-out and testing agreements with various Fortune 100 companies.
- Author, “Remedies to Combat Domain Name Cybersquatting,” Arizona Attorney (March 2013)
- Contributor, “Corporate Communications: Ruling attempts to clarify line between private, business text messages,” Phoenix Business Journal (August 15, 2008)
- Author, “Locked and Loaded – Keys to Understanding New Trademark Law,”
AZBusiness (April/May 2007)
- Contributor, “Remote, No Control? Letting employees work from home over the Net can bite firms if they don’t lock up after termination,” East Valley Tribune (June 14, 2004)
- Seminar Chair, “CLE in the Gardens: Practical Lessons for Intellectual Property Practitioners,” State Bar of Arizona (April 2016)
- Presenter and Moderator, “Intellectual Property Law Cases in Federal Court: What Judges and Practitioners Should Know,” Federal Bar Association, Phoenix Chapter (April 2016)
- Presenter, “You Did What?!: The Top IP Mistakes Companies Make,” State Bar of Arizona (June 2014)
- Seminar Chair, “Patent Trolls and Serial Infringers: Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives,” State Bar of Arizona (June 2014)
- Presenter, “Recent Developments and Cases from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,” State Bar of Arizona (October 2012)
- Presenter, “Fraud on the Trademark Office: Lessons from In re Bose Corp. and Ethical Considerations When Prosecuting Trademark Applications,” State Bar of Arizona (February 2010)
- Presenter, “Cases from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,” State Bar of Arizona (April 2009)
- Presenter, “The Lifecycle of Business Intellectual Property: From Birth to Death,” State Bar of Arizona (June 2007)
- Presenter, “Cases from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,” State Bar of Arizona (May 2006)
- Seminar Moderator, 2006 State Bar Convention Intellectual Property Law Seminar, Phoenix, Arizona
- Seminar Chair, 2005 State Bar Convention Intellectual Property Law Seminar, Tucson, Arizona
- Presenter, “Software Development and Licensing Agreements: Key Terms and Intellectual Property Issues,” National Contract Managers Association (January 2004)
- Presenter, “Fair or Foul? Using the Intellectual Property, Identity and Images of Others Without Consent or Liability,” State Bar Annual Convention (June 2003)
- Presenter, “Victor’s Little Secret: Recent Developments in Trademark Dilution Law,” State Bar of Arizona (May 2003)
- Presenter, “Capturing Key Evidence Through Electronic Discovery,” National Business Institute (January 2003)
- Presenter, “Trademark Filing Strategies under the Madrid Protocol,” State Bar of Arizona (September 2002)
- Presenter, “U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Electronic Filing Procedures,” State Bar of Arizona (September 2002)
- Seminar Chair, 2002 State Bar Convention Intellectual Property Law Seminar, Phoenix, Arizona
- Presenter, “Copyright Law: Overview and Basics” (November 2001)
- Presenter, “ICANN and the New Top Level Domains: What You and Your Clients Need to Know,” State Bar of Arizona (September 2001)
- Presenter, “What Every Business Should Know Before It Goes Online,” Maricopa County Bar Association (March 2001)
- Presenter, “Trademarks: Image and Income (Business Name Protection),” National Caves Association (November 2000)