Eric J. Hamp
Eric Hamp’s practice spans many areas of intellectual property law. His primary areas of experience are in the litigation and enforcement of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret matters, as well as the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in a variety of technological fields.
Eric has assisted numerous clients ranging from small companies to Fortune 500 institutions in key phases of litigation for patent, trademark, trade dress and trade secret matters before federal district and appellate courts, state courts, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Recently, Eric helped a client stop an ongoing infringement of its trademarks by successfully moving for a preliminary injunction, aided a Fortune 500 client in the sporting goods industry prevail on summary judgement against claims of patent infringement, and assisted another client in successfully opposing a Petition for Mandamus to the Federal Circuit after a transfer of venue.
In his patent practice Eric represents clients from a variety of industries in the preparation and prosecution of utility and design patent applications before the United States Patent & Trademark Office, including applications in the chemical, food & beverage, healthcare, mechanical, computer software, business method, sporting goods, and household products fields. He also assists clients in obtaining foreign patent protection for their inventions.
Eric has also provided counseling and opinion work for utility patent, design patent, trademark and copyright matters. In this area Eric has researched clients’ freedom to practice and evaluated the possible scope of obtainable intellectual property protection.
Eric was recently named to the Law Bulletin’s Emerging Lawyers in 2017, as a top lawyer under the age of 40 in four subject matter areas: Copyright & Trademark Law, Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law, and Trade Secrets/Unfair Competition Law.
Before joining Banner & Witcoff, Eric worked in the chemical industry at Ecolab, Inc. and Stepan Company. At Ecolab, Eric synthesized and tested surfactant cleaning formulas for the food and beverage and cosmetic industries, as well as participating in a collaborative project with a food and beverage client in developing a sterilization method using peracetic acid solution. At Stepan, Eric synthesized formulas and tested their performance and properties in the development of environmentally friendly anionic cleaning surfactants.
Eric earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Northwestern University School of Law. While in law school, Eric gained invaluable legal experience working as a law clerk for Banner & Witcoff on a wide range of intellectual property matters. He also served as the Executive Editor of the Northwestern Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property and as the Executive Officer of the Intellectual Property Law Society. Prior to law school Eric earned a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Chicago, where he researched organometallic compounds, and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Carleton College.
Eric practices in the Chicago office of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
71 South Wacker Drive,
Chicago, IL 60606
B.A. 2005, Carleton College
M.S. 2007, University of Chicago
J.D. 2011, Northwestern University
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Supreme Court of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office