Paul Kilmer is an attorney 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.

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 United Kingdom, the Republic of China (Taiwan), Belgium, 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 (INTA) on a U.S. Department of State intellectual property rights mission to Paraguay in 1997 and as a special representative for the U.S. Department of State in intellectual property rights missions to Serbia in 2001 and Turkey in 2002. In addition, every year since 2014, Mr. Kilmer has provided the Office of U.S. Trade Representative with a report regarding those nations that deny adequate and effective protection to trademark rights (the Special 301 process). In 2020, he consulted with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) regarding the implementation of the trademark provisions of the U.S.-China Phase 1 trade agreement.

Mr. Kilmer also provides pro bono services to a number of organizations, including the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet and the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance. He has assisted the Metropolitan Opera with copyright registration of "Live From the Met" broadcasts; the New York City Ballet regarding protection of the choreography of George Balanchine; and the Martha Graham Center with securing copyright registration in choreographic works such as "Appalachian Spring."



  • 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, Emerging Issues Committee, Chair, 2020-2021; Vice-Chair, 2018-2019
  • Trademark Working Group, Founder and Chair, 2013-present
  • International Trademark Association, North America Global Advisory Council, 2018-2019
  • International Trademark Association, President’s Task Force on Brand Restrictions, 2017
  • International Trademark Association, Health Policy and IP Rights Subcommittee (Emerging Issues Committee), Chair, 2016-2018
  • International Trademark Association, Emerging Issues Committee, "Plain Packaging" Team Leader, 2014-2015
  • International Trademark Association, Free Trade Areas Subcommittee, Chair, 2006-2011
  • International Trademark Association, Bulletin Committee, 2012-2013
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Co-Chair, Federal Trademark Legislation Committee, September 2006-August 2008
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Intellectual Property Law Section Steering Council, 1995
  • American Rivers, Pro Bono Services and Technology Advisory Board, Former Member
  • The Metropolitan Opera, Pro Bono Services
  • New York City Ballet, Pro Bono Services
  • The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Pro Bono Services
  • Textile Museum, Washington, D.C., Advisory Board, former Member
Honors & Awards
  • World Trademark Review, Global Leaders, 2019, 2020
  • Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers for Business guide, Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets, 2016-2020
  • 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
  • Who's Who Legal, Trademarks, 2005-2020
  • Advancement of Trademark Law Award, International Trademark Association (INTA), 2011


Speaking Engagements