John R. Hlavka, Partner
216.621.2234, Ext. 136
jhlavka@tarolli.com

Practice Areas
Mechanical and electrical patents, trademarks and litigation

Mr. Hlavka has more than 35 years of experience in patent, trademark and copyright prosecution and litigation.  He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  His patent experience includes counseling clients on the domestic and international protection of their inventions and the prosecution of domestic and international patent applications.  He has litigated patent infringement issues on behalf of both patent owners and accused infringers.

Mr. Hlavka manages several large international trademark portfolios for his clients.  He counsels clients on the protection, registration and enforcement of trademarks.  Mr. Hlavka regularly provides trademark clearance opinions, conducts trademark audits and represents clients in U.S.  and foreign trademark oppositions proceedings. 

Mr. Hlavka also advises clients on copyright issues and prosecutes copyright applications.  He has represented clients in copyright infringement litigation.

Mr. Hlavka regularly conducts patent and trademark talks at his clients’ facilities and has spoken at local Bar Associations on the subject of patents, trademarks and copyrights.

Education:
•    B.S.M.E. with Honors, Case Western Reserve University, 1971
•    J.D., Magna cum laude, Cleveland Marshall College of Law, 1976

Admissions:
•    State of Ohio, 1976
•    Registered before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1977
•    U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Ohio, 1981
•    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Professional Affiliations:
•    American Bar Association
•    Cleveland and American Intellectual Property Law Associations