Lalita Hamilton

Lalita Hamilton, MSF ‘10

Attorney Advisor, Office of Policy and International Affairs
US Patent and Trademark Office
Industry: Government administration


Lalita M. Hamilton is an attorney and mediator with over 20 years of experience in technology and patent laws and procedure. She is currently detailed to OPIA where she works under the Deputy Chief Policy Officer on matters pertaining to domestic and international intellectual property law and policy.  She was previously detailed to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) where she worked under three PTAB judges on AIA and ex parte matters.

Lalita’s patent technologies include: fintech, blockchain, investing services, encryption, payments, mobile technology, e-commerce, social networking, computer software, OCR, and medical devices.

Lalita serves as a member of the Catholic University Columbus School of Law Alumni Council, governing body of the alumni association; the Dean's Alumni Advisory Board at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School; and is a founding member of the Carey Business School Black Alumni Network. She is also a member of the Hopkins Alumni in Law Leadership Committee and the Johns Hopkins Alumni Council, governing body of the Alumni Association.

Lalita is a member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and the NYSBA Civil Rights Committee, the Pauline Newman IP American Inn of Court, the Capital Speakers Club of Washington, D.C., Inc., Junior League of Washington, and Welcome to Washington International Club, Inc.

Prior to relocating back to D.C., Lalita served on the boards for the Houston Lawyer Referral Service (2015-17) and the Houston Lawyer’s Association (2015-17).

Lalita received her J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law; a Master’s in Finance from The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School; an M.B.A from Strayer University; and a B.S. in biology with a minor in chemistry from Sam Houston State University. Additionally, Lalita studied abroad in Paris, France with the Cornell-Sorbonne Paris Summer Institute in the International and Comparative Law program.

In her spare time, Lalita enjoys volunteering in the community and working to promote STEM education in communities of color. When she is not volunteering, Lalita relishes in jogging, biking, globetrotting, good food, and lots of conversation.