Excellence. Integrity. Success.

Victoria Hanson

Education

University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D. 2020

  • Notre Dame Intellectual Property & Technology Law 2020 Writing Prize (2nd Place)

University of California: Berkeley, B.A. in Media Studies, 2017 (cum laude)

Licenses

Illinois

Victoria Hanson is an associate at Irwin IP. Victoria’s practice primarily focuses on trademark and advertising litigation, including issues in trademarks, trade dress, unfair competition, copyright, counterfeiting, and false advertising.

PRIOR EXPERIENCE

Before joining Irwin IP, Victoria worked for a boutique regulatory & intellectual property law firm in Chicago and a general practice law firm in California, where she worked on trademark prosecution and litigation matters.  While attending law school, Victoria counseled and managed trademark portfolios for various clients with the Notre Dame Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic.  Victoria was also a Legal Extern for the General Counsel of the National Association of REALTORS in Chicago, where she worked on various trademark and copyright issues.  Victoria has experience drafting and filing trademark applications, responding to substantive trademark office actions, drafting and sending cease and desist letters, completing preliminary trademark searches, drafting search opinion letters, and preparing motions and discovery responses.

As a student at Notre Dame Law School, Victoria served as a senior editor for the Notre Dame Journal on Emerging Technologies and as the Vice President of Communications for the Sports, Communications, and Entertainment Law Forum.  Victoria also received second place for the 2020 Notre Dame Intellectual Property & Technology Writing Prize for her paper on the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Victoria has worked on various copyright, trademark, unfair competition, cybersquatting, and design patent matters.  Some of those matters include:

  • An appeal before the Seventh Circuit and post-judgment proceedings in a trademark infringement and cybersquatting litigation between the nation’s largest provider of legal funding services and a previous employee.
  • A trademark infringement dispute between a supplier of aftermarket automotive parts and an infringer using the client’s trademarks on their website.
  • A copyright infringement litigation in which a leading provider of concrete statuary accused an entity of infringing the copyrights of multiple works which resulted in a favorable settlement.
  • A design patent infringement litigation between a well-known RV distributor and a competitor.

MEMBERSHIP & AFFILIATIONS

Professional Development Committee, Chicago Women in Intellectual Property

Member, International Trademark Association

Member, Richard Linn Inn of Court

Member, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago

Volunteer Attorney, Lawyers for the Creative Arts

PUBLICATIONS

Improving the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: Against Preempting State Trade Secret Law, 2 Notre Dame J. on Emerging Tech., Issue 1 (April 2021)

“Singapore and the United States: At Two Opposite Ends of Access and Advancement in Trademarks”, Notre Dame Journal on Emerging Technologies (Blog), January 2020