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Benjamin J. Hauptman • Senior Partner


Mr. Hauptman is the Senior Managing and Founding Partner at Hauptman Ham, LLP since it’s inception in 1996. Mr. Hauptman has practiced since 1980 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 has been a Professor of Law at the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, India. Mr. Hauptman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (1975) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After practicing as an engineer for several years, he earned a Juris Doctor Degree (1980) 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 Appeal 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 pioneered training programs for foreign patent managers and attorneys (e.g., from Japan, Korean, China, and Vietnam) both in the United States and abroad, some of whom train within the Firm on a regular basis. 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 was also a lecturer at Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany.

Publications & Presentations

Mr. Hauptman has written three books on US patent application drafting and prosecution practice which are published in Japanese, Chinese and Korean. He also has extensive licensing negotiation experience. He is also an experienced private pilot with instrument rating and has over 800 hours of flying experience in single engine aircraft.