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IPR Is Here to Stay, With Even Greater Stakes

On April 24, the Supreme Court issued two important decisions on the availability and scope of post-grant Inter Partes Review (IPR) by the U.S. Patent […]

Apr 25, 2018  •  Continue reading >

Review of Recent IP Supreme Court Cases

The Supreme Court has recently decided three different cases related to intellectual property issues. The Court reviewed the process of instituting an inter partes review […]

Aug 15, 2016  •  Continue reading >

New Rules May Alter Patent Litigation

On December 1, 2015, new amendment to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect. For intellectual property practice, the most significant change may […]

Mar 31, 2016  •  Continue reading >

July 2015 Trademark Update

July’s practice group lunch included an overview of recent news from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and decisions from the Trademark Trial and […]

Aug 4, 2015  •  Continue reading >

July 2015 Patent Case Update

July’s practice group lunch included an overview of recent decisions, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. The […]

Jul 31, 2015  •  Continue reading >

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Blake R. Hartz


Blake's practice focuses on intellectual property litigation in both federal court and administrative proceedings at the USPTO. He has worked on all stages of disputes, from pre-filing investigations and letters through pleadings, motion practice, discovery, trial, and appeal. Blake also maintains active patent and trademark prosecution dockets, including serving as U.S. counsel for overseas companies and attorneys. Through searching, investigations, legal research, and writing, Blake supports various opinion and transactional matters at the firm, including patentability and clearance opinions, licensing, and due diligence.

Based on his mathematics training, Blake brings a logical, rigorous approach to legal analysis and client services. He actively follows the latest developments in intellectual property law and often reads new opinions within minutes of their public release. In all of his work, Blake strives to provide: effective, clear writing and advocacy; comprehensive knowledge of the law, factual record, and technology at issue; and practical, common-sense advice.

His legal work has served clients in a vast range of industries, including medical devices, sporting goods, skincare, building materials and construction, chemicals, telecommunications, electronics components, lighting, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, automotive components, packaging, and various consumer products.

Blake’s technical experience includes developing systems to analyze complex data as an applied research mathematician in addition to undergraduate studies in a wide range of subjects in mathematics, computer science, engineering, geology, and music. Blake received a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, where he played on the drumline in the marching and pep bands. Prior to joining the firm, he was an editor of two law journals, the Indiana Law Journal and IP Theory, and studied intellectual property intensely as a research assistant at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Blake enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, daughters, and dogs, and is active in the music ministry at the Avon United Methodist Church.


  • University of Notre Dame
    B.S., Mathematics, magna cum laude, 2007
  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law
    J.D., summa cum laude, 2012

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2012
  • Indiana, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2015
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado, 2015


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