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Hope Hamilton

Partner

1800 Broadway, Suite 300, Boulder, CO 80302

Hope is one of the firm’s leading trademark enforcement attorneys regularly counseling clients on strategic enforcement, with a focus on helping clients resolve disputes prior to litigation.

When litigation is inevitable, Hope has a track record of success and has obtained important rulings that have helped shape trademark law.

Hope assists clients in industries that include food and beverage, e-commerce, consumer products, spirits, and automotive. Clients note her dedication to high quality service, including her ability to quickly learn their business and its specific needs. Her overall responsiveness, efficiency, effectiveness, and expertise in her field is particularly important. In adversarial matters, Hope is a staunch advocate for her clients, yet she approaches each conflict with a fresh, creative perspective aimed to obtain the best and most efficient results.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Hope practiced with Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C.

Experience

  • Trademark Enforcement and Protection
  • Due Diligence and Acquisition Counseling
  • Strategic Trademark Portfolio Management

Client Results

  • Lead attorney for major American multinational e-commerce technology company, with responsibility for managing all national and international trademark enforcement matters.

  • Member of team responsible for trademark enforcement on behalf of two of the world's largest Food & Beverage companies.

  • Lead attorney for contentious matters for an American Fortune 500 company specializing in distribution and value added services relating to electronic components and computer products.

  • Prior to joining Holland & Hart, second chaired successful trial against Quiksilver on behalf of World Marketing (owners of the VISITOR clothing brand), in which a unanimous jury found that Quiksilver had willfully infringed on World Marketing’s trademark and awarded $3.625 million in damages. The case involved novel issues of law  concerning royalty damages awards in the absence of a prior licensing relationship. QS Wholesale, Inc. v. World Marketing, Inc., Case No. 8:12-cv-00451 (C.D. Cal.). 

  • Helped lead the team that obtained a complete dismissal of a lawsuit in which an agent of the Russian Federation sought to claw back the famous Stolichnaya vodka brand owned by our client SPI. In August 2013, the Second Circuit affirmed the District Court’s 2011 decision, holding that the Russian Federation lacked standing to assert trademark infringement and related remedial claims under the Lanham Act, all of which require that only the purported “owner” of the infringed marks (the Russian Federation) may assert such claims. Case involved novel issues of standing as an “assign” or “legal representative.” Federal Treasury Enterprises Sojuzplodoimport, et al. v. Spirits International B.V., et al., No. 11-4109, 726 F. 3d. 62 (2d Cir. 2013).

  • Helped lead the team that obtained successful resolution of false advertising claims brought against SPI by competitor concerning labeling and advertising of Stolichnaya vodka. Russian Standard Vodka (9USA), Inc. v. Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine USA, Inc., No 06 Civ, 9915 (RJS) (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Successfully represented Spirits International B.V. in appeal to the Federal Circuit concerning registration of the trademark Moskovskaya, In re Spirits International, 563 F. 3d 1347 (Fed. Cir. 2009), which redefined the application of the doctrine of foreign equivalents in assessing marks that are allegedly primarily geographically misdescriptive.

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Speaking Engagements

Education

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Court Admissions

Recognition

  • World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 - The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, Colorado, 2014-present
  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2013, 2014
  • The Legal 500, Intellectual Property – Trademarks: Litigation, 2013

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Rocky Mountain IP & Technology Institute, Planning Committee Member 
  • International Trademark Association, Member
  • Parallel-Imports Committee, North American Subcommittee Member, 2010-2014 
  • District of Columbia Bar and Virginia State Bar, Member
  • AIPLA, Member
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