Hiwot Covell’s practice focuses on patent litigation and patent prosecution for chemical, biological and mechanical processes and devices.
Hiwot, who has a background as a chemical engineer, helps clients protect and enforce their intellectual property portfolios and implement comprehensive protection strategies. She has experience preparing and prosecuting domestic and international patent applications, preparing patent validity, patentability and freedom-to-operate opinions, and drafting licensing agreements. Hiwot also works with clients to enforce their intellectual property rights in federal courts. Her experience includes work at every stage of litigation from drafting motions and depositions to oral arguments.
Prior to beginning her legal career, Hiwot worked on several satellite programs as a materials and process engineer. Hiwot’s prior work focused on developing procedures to bond and test optical sub-assemblies, and selecting adhesives for particular applications. In this position, Hiwot developed an extensive background in polymer chemistry. She also worked with teams of engineers to develop mechanical designs for various satellite components.
While in law school, Hiwot held an externship with the Honorable Arthur P. Roy and the Honorable Gilbert M. Roman of the Colorado Court of Appeals. Hiwot also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law (now Colorado Technology Law Journal) and President of the Student Bar Association.
University of Colorado School of Law (J.D., 2009)
University of Colorado (B.S., Chemical Engineering, 2001)
United States District Court, District of Colorado, 2009
United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2010
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2015
United States Supreme Court, 2016
American Bar Association, IP Section
Colorado Bar Association
University of Colorado Law School Alumni Board
Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013-2017.
Speaker: "IP Ownership Issues," American Chemical Society National Conference, Denver, Colorado, 2015.
WCM Industries v. IPS Corp., (W.D. Tenn) — Trial counsel for plaintiff in a patent infringement action involving multiple patents related to bath waste and overflow products. Following two-week jury trial, received a jury verdict in favor of plaintiff on all claims asserted, including a finding of willful infringement by defendant. Successfully defended against counterclaims of invalidity and non-infringement.
Court granted request to enhance the jury’s damage award due to willful infringement. Court found that: “based on the egregious nature of IPS’s conduct, that treble damages are appropriate.” Court trebled amount to more than $4.1 million.