Thomas Hamlin is member of Robins Kaplan LLP. Practice focuses on commercial litigation with an emphasis in the area of intellectual property. Has handled significant patent litigation matters. Member of the faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School (1977-1981). Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law (2012-2013).
Kraft Foods Group, Inc./Mondelez International, Inc. v. Starbucks Coffee Company: Counsel representing Kraft in a three-year arbitration regarding a breach of contract after Starbucks unilaterally terminated its agreement, cutting off Kraft’s exclusive rights to sell, market and distribute Starbucks roast and ground coffee in grocery and other retail outlets. The arbitration resulted in a $2.7 billion cash award to Kraft.
Hubbard Broadcasting v. DirecTV: Counsel represented Hubbard Broadcasting in a dispute over renewal of a broadcast station on DirecTV’s cable platform. Won a significant ruling in favor of the client in U.S. District Court in Minnesota, which led to renewal.
One of the principal trial lawyers representing the State of Minnesota and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota against Big Tobacco. The case settled after a four-month trial, when the tobacco defendants agreed to pay the State and Blue Cross Blue Shield more than $6.6 billion.
Obtained a jury verdict on behalf of Ecolab for trade secret misappropriation, and for willful infringement of several patents covering methods for chemical sanitization of beef and poultry in processing plants.
- North Dakota
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
- Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
- American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
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