Hara Jacobs

Hara K. Jacobs

Partner She / Her / Hers

Hara K. Jacobs—leader of Ballard Spahr’s nationally recognized Trademarks and Copyrights Group—focuses on intellectual property infringement litigation and advising clients on the implementation and development of global branding and enforcement strategies.

Hara has more than 25 years of experience representing clients in all phases of trademark, trade dress, false advertising, copyright, trade secret, and right of publicity litigation, from initial counseling through trial and appeal. She regularly appears in federal and state courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.


Representative Matters

Intellectual Property Litigation

  • American Outdoor Brands v. Good Sportsman Marketing (D. Del. 2022). Obtained Stipulated Permanent Injunction and other relief for leading outdoor sports company against competitor following institution of action for trademark counterfeiting and infringement and patent infringement.
  • RJ Brands v. Bloomberg L.P. (D.N.J. 2020). Successfully defended Bloomberg against claims of trademark infringement and brought counterclaim for fraud on the Patent and Trademark Office, resulting in Plaintiff’s voluntary relinquishment of the trademark registration at issue. Plaintiff subsequently withdrew its claims against Bloomberg.
  • SRS Acquiom, et al. v. The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., et al (D. Colo. 2019). Successfully defended a preliminary injunction motion brought by a competitor seeking to enjoin the continued operation of a business unit at PNC. Obtained summary judgment on the majority of claims and obtained highly favorable pretrial evidentiary rulings, culminating in a favorable settlement prior to trial.

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

International Trademark Association 

Ballard Spahr's Hiring Committee

Recognition & Accomplishments

World Trademark Review 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2021-2024

World Trademark Review: Global Leaders, 2024

Recognized as one of the "Best of the Bar" by the Philadelphia Business Journal for 2020

Chambers USA, intellectual property law, 2010-2017

Benchmark Litigation, "Litigation Star," Intellectual Property, 2017-2024; named one of the "Top 250 Women in Litigation," 2017-2018

Recognized as an "IP Star" in Pennsylvania by Managing Intellectual Property magazine, 2013, 2019-2023; named one of the "Top 250 Women in IP," 2013; nominated for IP Litigator of the Year for Pennsylvania for 2019, 2021, and 2023

Speaking Engagements

"Ethics in Social Media," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 8th Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute, Philadelphia, April 9, 2014

"Web Suffix Explosion May Create .Concern: Strategies for Protecting Brands and Enhancing Data Security," Ballard Spahr webinar, January 13, 2014

"Facebook, Twitter, and Blogging…Oh MySpace! Legal Issues with Social Networking Sites," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, December 2010

Board Memberships & Community Service

ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter


Co-author, "Do Not Be Blindsided by SideWiki," myCorporateResource.com, November 20, 2009

Co-author, U.S. Trade Dress Law: A Primer for the New Millennium, with Glenn Mitchell, Steven J. Wadyka, Jr., and Melissa J. Lee, 2002



Duke University School of Law (J.D. 1994)

University of Michigan (B.A. 1991, with high distinction)
Member, Phi Beta Kappa


New Jersey

New York