John Gartman specializes in high technology IP and patent litigation.
Mr. Gartman has more than 60,000 hours of experience representing marquee clients in high stakes, high technology IP litigation in courts across the United States and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. His peers, clients, and the press have consistently recognized Mr. Gartman as one of the top lawyers in the nation.
Mr. Gartman’s accomplishments include California Lawyer Magazine’s prestigious 2009 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award, two National Law Journal Top 10 Defense Wins of the Year, and a 2008 Top Litigation Win of the Year from IP Law and Business. Gartman was named to the National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List for winning the largest patent appeal in history. He was also recognized by IP Worldwide as one of the “Magnificent 7” Young Trial Lawyers in IP in 2002.
Mr. Gartman was the inaugural recipient of the Best Lawyer’s San Diego Litigation Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year, the only lawyer in San Diego voted by peer review to receive this honor.
Mr. Gartman was one of eight finalists for Intellectual Property Magazine’s 2010 Worldwide IP Lawyer of the Year, and is a BTI Consulting Group Client Service All Star – an attorney identified by corporate counsel, unprompted and by name, as the absolute best at delivering client service.
Mr. Gartman’s CLAY award recognized his defense of Microsoft in its epic seven-year digital compression patent litigation against Alcatel-Lucent, “vindicating Microsoft’s and any other company’s use of digital-compression patents over the Internet, in audio and video devices (such as MP3s, DVDs and Blu-ray), and in other key technologies.” His trial wins included two jury verdicts against Lucent’s claims for more than a billion dollars each in damages, as well as an appellate reversal of a verdict of $1.53 billion.
San Diego Metropolitan has named Mr. Gartman one of the Top 25 lawyers in San Diego across all fields of law. The Daily Journal names him one of California’s “Top 25 IP Lawyers,” and the San Diego Daily Transcript lists him as a Top 10 Lawyer in IP law. Since 2003, Chambers USA has named him one of the “Leaders in Their Field,” citing him as one of the leading lawyers in the United States. His peers have elected Mr. Gartman to Best Lawyers in America since 2002. He is also a Southern California and San Diego “Super Lawyer” and Lawdragon named him one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America. The San Diego Daily Transcript named him one of the city’s Top 100 Influentials in 2008. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbel.
Mr. Gartman obtained degrees in electrical engineering with highest honors and law with honors from the University of Texas, where he received the celebrated College of Engineering Outstanding Scholar-Leader Award. He worked for four years in the Electrical Engineering Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin, designing and building cutting-edge magnetotelluric based oil exploration systems. He also worked at General Dynamics Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas, implementing automated test equipment for the Air Force’s F-16 Fighting Falcon.
Mr. Gartman began his law practice in Washington, D.C. and clerked for the Honorable Giles S. Rich (co-author of the patent statute) on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. He became a Partner with the technology litigation firm Brown & Bain in Palo Alto, then founded Fish & Richardson’s Silicon Valley Office in 1993. He moved to San Diego to lead the firm’s San Diego office in 1998. Gartman served for 10 years on the firm’s Management Committee and was also Head of Litigation and Head of Recruiting for the firm nationwide.
Mr. Gartman was Patents Contributing Editor to the Federal Circuit Bar Journal from 1990 to 1998. Mr. Gartman has also been an invited member of the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, and is an approved mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Mr. Gartman has been a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy for more than a decade. He was a Master of the J. Wallace Clifford Inn of Court.
Mr. Gartman is former Chairman of the Foundation Board of San Diego Zoo Global and on the Board of Directors of Nature and Culture International. He is past President and Chairman of the Invention Foundation and the John & Jill Gartman Foundation.