Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli welcomes Philip G. Hampton, II as senior counsel and member of its national Intellectual Property Department. Joining Polsinelli’s Washington, D.C. office, Hampton continues the firm’s east coast Intellectual Property momentum and expands the depth of its Trademark, Copyright & Branding Practice Group.
Building on almost four decades of legal practice, Hampton brings vast experience in patent, trademark, trade secrets and copyright law. He focuses on patent and trademark litigation, patent and trademark counseling, trademark prosecution, and enforcement, maintenance and licensing of all types of intellectual property. Hampton partners with clients on multifaceted intellectual property matters including selection, clearance, portfolio management and dispute resolutions. Additionally, he has filed and prosecuted domestic and foreign patent and trademark applications and prepared all types of IP opinions.
"Phil’s extensive background in public service deepens our expanding IP capabilities, adding to the value this department brings our clients,” said Polsinelli Trademark, Copyright & Branding Practice Chair Adam Weiss. “In his tenure, Phil oversaw substantial changes to the policies and processes at the Trademark Office, providing our clients sophisticated and valuable perspective in trademark prosecution and dispute matters. We are pleased to provide strategic IP solutions and counsel in this region and will continue this evolution to benefit our clients’ growing list of industry demands.”
Hampton’s background in litigation spans across U.S. District Courts, International Trade Commission Section 337 hearings and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board opposition and cancellation proceedings and appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. He was nominated by President Bill Clinton to serve as Assistant Commissioner for Trademark in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and did so for more than four years.
“Polsinelli’s cross-disciplinary IP Practice has evolved to include a full-range of tailored services and innovative technological advances,” said Hampton. “The firm has placed a high priority on the growth and development of its IP Department, I look forward to collaborating with like-minded practitioners that value exceptional client service for our IP clients and beyond. “
Hampton has served as a Special Master in patent infringement actions for the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. He has conducted investigations of patent and trademark application prosecutions within the USPTO, proposed changes to the Trademark Act, the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure, Trademark Manual of Examining Practice, and testified before Congress regarding changes to the Lanham Act.
Hampton is a former Board of Directors member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He has also chaired or co-chaired prominent committees of the IP Section of the American Bar Association, and in 2015 was elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. For the last 10 years, Hampton has been an adjunct professor at Howard University School of Law where he teaches trademark law. For the fifth-consecutive year, Hampton has been selected for inclusion in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and for the eighth time this decade, he has been recognized in the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000.
Inclusivity in intellectual property law has remained a goal throughout Hampton’s career; he has been recognized by the IP Section of the National Bar Association as the 2016 inaugural recipient of the Diversity in Tech Awards and is a former President and Scholarship Committee Chairman of the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation, which has awarded over $2 million in scholarship to diverse IP law students. Hampton also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of National Bar Association and is the General Counsel to the Washington Bar Association. Additionally, Hampton is currently on the Board of Directors of the Leadership Greater Washington and a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., where he serves as General Counsel of its Washington, D.C. alumni chapter.
Hampton earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) before obtaining a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He is admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 850 attorneys in 22 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation. Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California.