Monplaisir is a seasoned advocate with a proven track record performing in fast-paced environments to achieve favorable results for clients, including Fortune 500 companies, startup companies and pro-bono individuals. He has successfully represented airlines, law firms and other companies against infringement, discrimination and malpractice allegations in commercial litigation by attacking liability theories, thereby reducing out-of-pocket exposure, in some cases by more than 50 percent. Monplaisir leverages deep knowledge of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office procedures to counsel clients involved in Patent Trial and Appeal Board Proceedings. He is adept at establishing legal strategies and engaging corporate stakeholders and supervisors to define key products and features that require protection via the appropriate legal framework: patents, trademarks, copyrights or trade secret. Simply put, he is a leader with the ability to define strategy, motivate teams to act in line with the strategy, and perform after-action reviews to capture best practices and lessons learned.
Monplaisir assists innovative companies that bring cutting-edge technology to commercial markets around the globe, advising them on the protection, procurement and enforcement of intellectual property rights. His practice involves interpreting regulations and law, identifying IP rights, analyzing validity and infringement of IP rights, and counseling clients on available remedies. In addition, he advises clients involved in IP licensing negotiations. Monplaisir counsels clients pursuing trademarks and patents related to tools employed by the aviation, mechanical, electrical, software, telecommunications and financial industries. He is integrally involved in drafting patent applications and obtaining patents that embody commercial applications. Throughout his career, Monplaisir has drafted more than 100 patent applications directed to computer and software related inventions.
Monplaisir has worked to protect IP rights for more than a decade. While attending law school, he worked as a patent agent in Shook's Washington, D.C., office. Before law school, Monplaisir obtained his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and served as an examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has also worked as a teaching assistant in courses on network management, network security and computer security at the labs of Polytechnic University (now New York University Tandon School of Engineering). Monplaisir is competent in several software programming languages, including Basic, Visual Basic, C++, Python and Java.
Monplaisir Hamilton, Times Have Changed: NCAA Enjoined by California District Court, The AIPLA Antitrust News (2015).
Monplaisir Hamilton & Virginia R. Knapp Dorell, Funding Your Intellectual Property Project with Department of Energy Acquisition Regulations (DEAR) Technology Investment Partnerships (TIP), National Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section Newsletter (August 2014).
Monplaisir Hamilton, Show Me Your Competitive Injuries, 19:2 Intellectual Property Today (2012).
Monplaisir Hamilton & Peter Strand, What's The Controversy?, 79 PTCJ 336 (2010).
Monplaisir Hamilton, Reducing the Patent Incentive: Federal Circuit Revisits Patentable Subject Matter in Ex parte Bilski, 90 J.Pat.& Trademark Off. Soc'y 678-683 (2008).
Speaker, "The Internet of Things: Current and Future Trends," Georgetown University Law Center.
Speaker, SecureWorld Expo 2013, Critical Infrastructure, (Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Seattle).