Martha Jahn Snyder, Partner

Biography

Martha Jahn Snyder is an intellectual property litigator with a focus on patent, trademark and trade secrets litigation. Martha’s litigation experience covers a variety of technologies, from stem cells, telecommunications, and software, to snow plows, bucket molds, and sippy cups. She has represented clients in federal district courts in Wisconsin, Texas, Colorado, California, Florida, Delaware, and Illinois, in the Seventh and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, and in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

Martha’s approach to litigation is proactive, organized, aggressive, and efficient, contributing to The BTI Consulting Group’s recognition of Quarles as a “Litigation Powerhouse” on BTI’s “Honor Roll” for “IP Litigation” and “Most Feared Litigation Firm.”

Martha has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in reaching successful jury verdicts, including helping clients to obtain jury verdicts of $5.4M, $44.1M, and $940M. Martha also has assisted clients obtain significant freedom-to-operate decisions following arbitration hearings, and eliminated multiple patent suits at the motion to dismiss phase based on well-placed arguments regarding unpatentability under 35 U.S.C. § 101.

Martha studied Operations Research and Industrial Engineering at Cornell University before going to law school, where she focused her studies on Tech Transfer.

Having been with Quarles & Brady since she was a second year law student, Martha also has contributed to firm administration, most significantly through the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and the summer associate program.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude)
    • Syracuse Law Review (Form & Accuracy Editor)
    • Justinian Honorary Law Society
  • Cornell University (B.S.)
    • Major: Operations Research & Industrial Engineering

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Tri 4 Schools (Board Member)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (Member)
  • Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association (Member)
  • Dane County Bar Association (Member)
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association (Member)
  • Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar (Member)
  • Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association (Member)
  • Wisconsin Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Quarles & Brady Diversity Committee (Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers® -Rising Stars 2011–2014, 2017 Editions (Intellectual Property Litigation)