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Benjamin J. Hauptman • Senior Partner


Mr. Hauptman has practiced for more than 20 years in the fields of patent and trademark matters, including preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the complex mechanical and electrical arts, and in counseling clients in all aspects of intellectual property protection, including enforcement and infringement of intellectual property rights.  Mr. Hauptman is also a Professor of Law at the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, India. Mr. Hauptman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Juris Doctor Degree from the Franklin Pierce Law Center. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Practice Highlights & Technologies

Mr. Hauptman has extensive experience in all patent prosecution aspects of semiconductor and display technologies, automotive, laser machining and complex mechanical and instrumentation arts. He works closely with foreign associates in obtaining worldwide patent protection. Mr. Hauptman is primarily responsible for the training of foreign trainees (e.g., from Japan, Korea, China, and Vietnam) who train within the Firm on a regular basis, often in satisfaction of their masters in intellectual property (M.I.P) degree. He is also a member of the Brooklyn Technical High School Research Foundation. Mr. Hauptman’s Professional associations include the Virginia State Bar Association (Member Intellectual Property Law Section), American Intellectual Property Law Association, Patent and Trademark and Copyright Research Foundation, and International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property. Mr. Hauptman was previously an adjunct professor at Franklin Pierce Law Center (presently University of New Hampshire School of Law) from 1994 to 2013. He is a lecturer at Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany.

Publications & Presentations

Mr. Hauptman serves as coordinator of and lecturer at the Firm’s intellectual law seminars presented from time to time for foreign practitioners both in the United States and abroad.