Phil Hampton joined Dickstein Shapiro in June 2004, as a partner in the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice. For almost 29 years, Mr. Hampton has been practicing intellectual property law as both a practitioner and an administrator. He is particularly adept at patent and trademark litigation, patent and trademark counseling, trademark prosecution, and counseling with regard to the intellectual property aspects of the Internet.
His practice also includes licensing and merchandising agreements based on patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights, and negotiating the transfer of intellectual property. Mr. Hampton has been an expert witness in several trademark infringement actions, and also has served as a Special Master in several patent infringement actions for the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
From 1994 until 1998, Mr. Hampton was the Assistant Commissioner for Trademarks at the USPTO. As the Assistant Commissioner, he had overall responsibility for trademark operations, and focused on restructuring the trademark registration process and improving the policies of the USPTO to align them more closely with the needs of its customers. Mr. Hampton also testified before Congress and represented the United States at diplomatic conferences and international meetings. As a member of the executive staff of the USPTO, Mr. Hampton provided senior level input on proposed changes to the Patent Act, the USPTO rules of practice, and the Manual of Patent Examining Practice.
Mr. Hampton is involved heavily in bar association activities. He is president of the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation. As a member of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association (IPLS), he has been the chair or co-chair of its PTOTrademarks Committee, Federal Trademark Legislation Committee, and the committee of International Trademark Treaties and Laws. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Hampton was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). He also served as a Master in the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court and was a member of the Intellectual Property Advisory Board of the DePaul University College of Law.
In the May/June 2003 issue of Diversity & the Bar, Mr. Hampton was named a “Top Minority IP Partner.” He was further honored in October 2003, when he was named one of “America’s Top Black Lawyers” by Black Enterprise Magazine.
Mr. Hampton received his S.B. and S.M. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1977) where his primary research interest was polymers. Mr. Hampton earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago (1980), and was honored to serve as a member of its Visiting Committee from 1995 until 1998.