Derek A Hawkins  Principal Attorney + Founder

Derek A Hawkins
Principal Attorney + Founder

Meet Derek

Attorney Derek Hawkins is the principal attorney and founder of Hawkins IP. Derek's expertise involves trademark prosecution, enforcement and licensing. He has protected the brands of his clients' businesses for five years by registering and enforcing their trademarks throughout the United States. Derek routinely operates as a "Chief Brand Protection Officer" for his clients — meshing trademark law with branding and marketing principles to create robust strategies designed to help his clients scale and monetize their brand assets.

Derek represents clients across many industries including health and wellness, entertainment, technology, retail, fashion, education, alcohol and beverage, gaming, and consumer goods. He has successfully defended and enforced his clients’ trademark rights before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in a wide variety of cases. Derek also provides supplemental services to his clients who require services related to copyright registration, engaging in commercial transactions, and business formation. To learn about Derek and his personal background, click here


Regardless of the scenario, Derek has always delivered thoughtful and actionable legal advice and collateral. I highly recommend Hawkins IP for service \ consulting and technology companies that require experienced and personalized counsel.
— Jason Garrett | CEO | Mighty


Professional Background

Professional Experience

  • Trademark Registration

    Personally manages an active portfolio of over 300 trademarks for both domestic and international brands, including formulating effective filing and enforcement strategies

  • Trademark Defense & Enforcement

    Developed sound defense strategy and cease and desist response to claims of infringement from large dietary supplement brand against client, avoiding litigation and allowing for coexistence of brands. Successfully enforced trademark rights of over 100 individual brands against unauthorized users

  • Licensing

    Drafted and negotiated exclusive sponsorship and licensing agreements for use of client software platform during major fashion company during large runway event in New York City and Los Angeles

  • Commercial Transactions

    Drafted and negotiated master service agreements between client software development company and global human resources platform. Drafted and negotied private equity funding and equity purchase agreements worth over $3 Million USD