Jeffrey D. Harty, aka Jeff Harty, is a distinguished attorney associated with Iowa's largest law firm in Des Moines, Ames, and Cedar Rapids. He holds the position of Shareholder at Nyemaster Goode and specializes in Intellectual Property Litigation. For those wishing to get in touch, he can be reached at [email protected] or through the phone at 515-283-8038, based out of the Des Moines Office. A quote encapsulating his professional ethos is, “I like advocating and persuading—trying to represent the client zealously.”
Diving deeper into his professional insights, Jeffrey's practice is at the crossroads of science and law, with a keen focus on intellectual property litigation. As a registered patent attorney, he stands as a representative for both companies and inventors embroiled in IP disputes. In the courtroom, Jeffrey places a high emphasis on authenticity and sincerity. He believes that the jury doesn't just listen to the words but also keenly observes the manner of their delivery. Beyond the confines of litigation, Jeffrey wears the hat of a certified mediator. His approach is rooted in understanding the core merits of cases, aiming to reconcile differing parties towards a resolution. His commitment to the field of Intellectual Property doesn't stop at practice; he also shares his vast knowledge with law students at the University of Iowa. Additionally, he hosts a bimonthly podcast, "On Intellectual Property," where he engages in insightful conversations with various professionals in the IP domain.
Over the years, Jeffrey's contributions to the legal field have not gone unnoticed. He has been listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" for Litigation—Intellectual Property consecutively from 2020 to 2024. His exceptional work earned him the title "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation—Intellectual Property in Des Moines in 2022 and 2024. Benchmark Litigation recognized him as a "Local Litigation Star" in Intellectual Property. Furthermore, he was named both a "Patent Star" and "Trademark Star" for the years 2022-2023 by IP Stars. His expertise in Intellectual Property Litigation also led to his feature in "Great Plains Super Lawyers" from 2009 to 2022. He proudly holds an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Jeffrey is affiliated with several esteemed associations, including the Iowa State Bar Association, Polk County Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association, where he served as President in 2001.
His notable cases include serving as the lead counsel in trademark infringement and unfair competition cases, notably for Whirlpool Corp. and Unity Health Plans Insurance. He has represented clients in patent infringement cases, such as LMK Enterprises, Inc. vs. Perma-Liner Industries, Inc. He has also been the lead counsel in numerous trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings.
On the academic front, Jeffrey co-authored "Protecting Intellectual Property: Key Legal Insights for Businesses in Iowa" in 2022. He also co-wrote “Dare to Innovate: The Corporate Innovator’s Guide to Patents” in 2012. His passion for the subject is evident as he frequently speaks on IP topics in continuing legal education programs.