Robert Hart, co-founder of AddyHart, P.C., has 30 years’ experience in private practice and as in-house counsel. He represents companies through all phases of their growth and development, and specializes in handling both routine and complex corporate and intellectual property issues. Robert’s corporate law experience includes counseling companies on entity formation, compliance and corporate governance, securities filings, transactional matters and mergers and acquisitions.
Robert has wide and deep experience in intellectual property law. With a technical background in chemical and petroleum engineering, computer science, and electrical engineering, his IP practice includes patent application drafting and related prosecution, trademark prosecution, copyright practice, and the development and implementation of trade secret programs. His clients span diverse industries, from high-technology hardware and software to consumer products in the sporting goods industry to service companies.
Robert also offers a full-service domestic and international transactional practice that includes negotiating and drafting technology licenses, master supply and manufacturing agreements, joint-venture and mergers and acquisition agreements, and contracts such as tooling, distributor, and reseller agreements.
His litigation practice includes all aspects ranging from pre-filing advice to trials and appeals in state and federal courts. He also has experience with domestic (JAMS) and international arbitrations, such as before the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CEITEC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), and the International Chamber of Commerce, and he has handled breach of contract matters as well as complex patent, trademark and copyright litigations.
Robert began his career in the petroleum industry, before earning his J.D. He lectures frequently on a variety of business and legal topics. From 1994 until 2003, he co-taught Masters Classes for lawyers in Appellate Brief Writing and Appellate Advocacy at the John Marshall Law School with the Honorable Paul R. Michel, Former Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has also taught trial practice for lawyers at Chicago Kent College of Law.