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R. David Hosp


New York

David Hosp is a Principal in Fish & Richardson’s Boston and New York offices. His practice focuses on copyright, trademark, trade secret, media, false advertising and licensing disputes. Mr. Hosp has handled countless lawsuits in federal and state courts nationwide. He also has significant experience practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the World Intellectual Property Organization’s arbitration board and the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau.

Mr. Hosp presents frequently on matters of copyright, trademark and media law. He has lectured at Harvard Law School and Boston College Law School. He was a panelist at the 2012 USENIX conference on cyberlaw and a panelist at Harvard’s Berkman Center’s Symposium: Journalism’s Digital Transition in 2010. He is the coauthor of the Media Law Resource Center’s Massachusetts Libel Law Survey for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. He is the coauthor of “What’s Fair in Love and War: Copyright, Fair Use and News Aggregation on the Web” (MLCR Media Law Letter, April 2009), and the author of a chapter titled “Weighing The Risks: A Practical Guide To Comparative Advertising” in the practice manual Advertising and Marketing Litigation Best Practices (Aspatore Books, 2007). He has been a faculty lecturer at the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education’s Intellectual Property Conferences, and has coauthored a chapter of the course materials entitled “Life After ICANN and the Anticybersquatting Act: Defining ‘Bad Faith’ in Cyberspace.” Mr. Hosp also co-presented a program entitled “Linking, Liability and the World Wide Web” to the Boston Bar Association in February 2000 and lectured and presented materials at the Boston Bar Association’s “Intellectual Property, Year 2000 in Review” program. In addition, Mr. Hosp is the coauthor of two articles published in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel: “Trademark Plaintiffs Must Promptly Seek to Enjoin Infringers” (September 1995) and “Privilege Afforded Inside Counsel Communications Limited” (March 1996).


  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Memberships and Affiliations

Mr. Hosp is a member of the International Trademark Association, and the Internet and Trademark Sections of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Other Distinctions

World Trademark Review 1000, a peer and client survey, has recognized Mr. Hosp as a leading intellectual property litigator since its inaugural edition (2011-2014).  WTR 1000 noted his “enviable track record on high-profile, high-value soft IP cases,” and has characterized his litigation work as “incredibly impressive.”  He has also been praised by The Legal 500, another peer and client survey, for being “smart, creative, and anticipat[ing] everything.”

In May 2013, The Hollywood Reporter selected Mr. Hosp for their Top 100 Power Lawyers for his lead role in the successful defense of Aereo, Inc.  In July 2012, Mr. Hosp was recognized as Litigator of the Week by The American Lawyer for his lead role in the successful defense of Aereo, Inc. against preliminary injunction motions filed by the major television broadcasters in the United States.

Mr. Hosp has been selected as a Rising Star in multiple editions of Massachusetts Super Lawyers. While at George Washington University Law Center, Mr. Hosp was a member of the George Washington University Law Review.

Mr. Hosp is the bestselling author of the novels Next of Kin (Macmillan 2011), Among Thieves (Grand Central, 2010), Innocence (Grand Central, 2007), The Betrayed (Warner Books, 2006) and Dark Harbor (Warner Books, 2005).


  • BA, Dartmouth College 1990
    cum laude
  • JD, George Washington University Law School 1994
    cum laude