JAMES (JIM) D. HAMILTON, a partner in the firm’s Patent Prosecution and Industrial Designs practice groups, prosecutes patents and provides counsel to more than 100 U.S., European and Japanese mechanical equipment and product manufacturers. His clients’ matters involve a broad range of issues and innovations including pharmaceuticals, military aircraft, jumbo jets and engines, steel, engineering, aeronautical, electrical, mechanical, automotive, and image processing technologies.
A technology licensing attorney, Mr. Hamilton offers clients strategic guidance in licensing, including export control licensing of technical data and commodities. In addition, he provides litigation support and offers opinions on patentability, registrability, infringement and enforcement.
A former Patent Examiner in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Mr. Hamilton is particularly skilled at devising broad patent protection for client innovations through the use of design patents. He has led the firm’s Industrial Designs group, served as an expert witness on design patent issues, and since 2007 has taught design patent law at the George Mason University School of Law.
In addition to his active prosecution practice, Mr. Hamilton manages the firm’s patent assigning tables documentation system, which streamlines the patent review process by compiling and tracking all foreign and domestic applications, reviews, disclosures, restriction responses and related documents. The system enables attorneys to quickly and efficiently access information such as the team member handling each patent, the filings, claim status, the existence of any prior art, and related patents.
Mr. Hamilton lectures regularly and writes on various topics related to licensing, patent prosecution, and strategic use of design patents.