Josh Hartman is a partner at Merchant & Gould. Josh is an experienced IP litigator with Merchant & Gould’s Washington, D.C. area office and the head of the firm’s ITC Section 337 Group. Josh navigates the substantive, procedural and strategic challenges that exist when litigating before the United States International Trade Commission. He also litigates IP and unfair competition disputes in district courts and helps companies develop and protect their IP.
Josh focuses his practice on advocating for companies before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Section 337 investigations, which address unfair practices associated with imports into the United States. The disputes he handles in this arena are diverse, including patent litigation, trade secret misappropriation, antitrust, business torts and unfair competition issues.
In addition to his work before the ITC, Josh also supports clients in district court litigation and through IP counseling. The companies he serves come from a broad range of industries, including life sciences, fintech, cleantech and cybersecurity.
Over the past 13-plus years, Josh has been a critical part of many successful cases that resulted in positive outcomes for his clients. Some recent examples include ITC investigations concerning patent infringement related to in vitro diagnostic testing and trade secret protection related to lithium-ion batteries.
“ITC investigations are fast-paced. I enjoy the speed of the investigations and the dynamics of protecting IP holders’ rights with respect to the marketplace. I’m passionate about stopping the flow of imported, infringing products and about helping businesses protect their products’ access to the U.S. market.”
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