Paul Kilmer is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Kilmer practices in the areas of trademark, copyright and unfair competition law. He is experienced in trademark and copyright registration and protection worldwide, negotiating intellectual property license and assignment agreements, litigation, import issues, intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions, Internet domain name matters, and counseling in the fields of the right of publicity, labeling and false advertising law.

In addition to his regular practice, Mr. Kilmer lectures to professional groups on copyright and trademark topics in the United States and abroad, including presentations in Thailand, Hong Kong, the Republic of China (Taiwan), Turkey, Paraguay and Canada. In November 1995, he authored the draft Trademark and Copyright Informational Sections for the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Free Trade Area of the Americas Initiative.

Mr. Kilmer has significant international experience, including serving as a Delegate of the International Trademark Association on a United States Department of State Intellectual Property Rights Mission to Paraguay in 1997 and as a special representative for the United States Department of State in intellectual property rights missions to Serbia in 2001 and Turkey in 2002.



  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Northern Iowa, B.A., Political Science, cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
Court Admissions
  • All Courts in the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • International Trademark Association, North America Global Advisory Council, 2018-2019
  • International Trademark Association, Emerging Issues Committee, Vice-Chair, 2018-2019; Chair, 2020-2021
  • International Trademark Association, Health Policy and IP Rights Subcommittee (Emerging Issues Committee), Chair, 2016-2018
  • International Trademark Association, President’s Task Force on Brand Restrictions, 2017
  • Special 301 Trademark Working Group, Founder and Chair, 2013-present
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Co-Chair, Federal Trademark Legislation Committee, September 2006 - August 2008
  • International Trademark Association, Emerging Issues Committee, "Plain Packaging" Team Leader, 2014-2015
  • International Trademark Association, Free Trade Areas Subcommittee, Chair, 2006-2011; Bulletin Committee, 2012-present
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Intellectual Property Law Section Steering Council, 1995
  • American Rivers, Technology Advisory Board
  • Textile Museum, Washington, D.C., Advisory Board, former Member
  • Metropolitan Opera, Pro Bono Services
  • New York Ballet, Pro Bono Services
  • The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Pro Bono Services
Honors & Awards
  • World Trademark Review, Global Leaders, 2019
  • Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers for Business guide, Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets, 2016-2018
  • World Trademark Review 1000, 2011-2018, 2020
  • World Trademark Review 1000 – Individuals: Prosecution and Strategy, 2020
  • WIPR Leaders Club, 2016
  • Martha Graham Dance Company Legacy Honoree, 2016
  • Intellectual Property Trailblazer, National Law Journal, 2016
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets, 2011-2019
  • Who's Who Legal, Trademarks, 2005-2019
  • Intellectual Property Legal Elite, Virginia Business magazine, 2013
  • Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Practitioners, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, 2012
  • Advancement of Trademark Law, International Trademark Association (INTA), 2011
  • World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners, Managing Intellectual Property


Speaking Engagements