Philip G. Hampton II is Senior Counsel in the Intellectual Property (IP) Department of Haynes and Boone, LLP, where he also serves as the Administrative Head of the Washington, D.C. office. Phil is AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory. Phil has been a multi-faceted IP law practioner for more than 35 years, focusing his practice on patent and trademark litigation, patent and trademark counseling, trademark prosecution, and licensing and merchandising agreements based on patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights as well as transactions related to the transfer of intellectual property pursuant to corporate acquisitions. Phil prides himself on thinking outside-of-the-box for his clients in order to find value-based business solutions to tough intellectual property problems and issues.
In 1993, President Clinton nominated, and the United States Senate confirmed, Phil to be the Assistant Commissioner for Patents and Trademarks, responsible for the Trademarks Office. As one of the youngest Senate confirmed political appointees in the Clinton Administration, Phil 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. Under Phil’s leadership, the Trademark Office became one of the first government agencies to receive applications electronically from its customers, perhaps the first government agency to allow its staff to work at home and during his tenure, the customer service award winning Trademark Assistance Center was created. Along with testifying before Congress, representing the United States at diplomatic conferences and international meetings and speaking to dozens of bar associations and industry groups regarding trademarks and/or the operations of the USPTO, Phil advanced trademark jurisprudence by promulgating almost 200 Commissioner’s Decisions and overseeing the first new edition of the Manual of Trademark Examining Procedure in almost ten years.
Since his return to private practice in 1998, Phil has been an expert witness in several trademark infringement actions, and also has served as a Special Master in patent infringement actions for the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
Throughout his career, Phil has worked to make intellectual property a more inclusive area of the law. To that end, Phil has mentored numerous minority and women law students and young lawyers. He is the former President of the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (“AIPLEF”) which since its inception in 2002, has awarded more than $2,000,000 in scholarships to minority IP law students. To share his love of trademark law, since 2009, Phil has taught trademark law at Howard University School of Law, one of the five historically black law schools.
Believing that an attorney must be fully engaged with his or her community, Phil has also been active in numerous educational, political, professional, civic and fraternal activities. While practicing in New York in 1987, he was chairman of the Independent Judicial Screening Panel for New York County. In 1990 he was a candidate for the District of Columbia Board of Education and in 1992 he was a Deputy Whip for the Clinton/Gore Campaign at the Democratic National Convention. Phil has served on the Visiting Committee of his law school alma mater (University of Chicago) and the Intellectual Property Advisory Board of the DePaul Law School. He has served on the board of the directors and the Executive Committee of the National Bar Association, on the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and as chair or co-chair of prominent committees of the IP Section of the American Bar Association. Currently, Phil serves as general counsel of the Washington Bar Association, the local African-American bar association, and as a member of boards of directors of Leadership Greater Washington and the Council for Court Excellence. Additionally, Phil served more than 20 years on one of the major boards of his home church, Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, and as general counsel of the Washington D.C. Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
In addition to his law degree, Phil holds an S.M and an S.B. in chemical engineering. But most importantly Phil is married to a saint – Audrey B. Little. They are now empty-nesters, as Cara and Austin “have flown the coop.”