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About Benjamin Hanrahan, Esq.

Benjamin Hanrahan, Esq. is a Registered Patent attorney, Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law by the Florida Bar, and recognized by Super Lawyers.

Can You Patent an Idea?

For many inventors, a patent is one of the most worthwhile investments one can make, as they can often provide different layers of protection for those seeking exclusive rights to their inventions and products. Without a patent, a competitor may be able to make and profit from your product or invention. To prevent this and [...]

November 18th, 2020|

How to Calculate the Term (Length) of a Patent

Unlike some other forms of intellectual property, patents cannot be renewed for an indefinite period of time.  Most notably, trademarks have a different process for renewals. Instead, patents have an expiration date; although calculating the term of a patent can be difficult and can involve a number of factors, as discussed briefly below. 1. What [...]

August 13th, 2020|

How to Perform a Patent Search

A patent search is often recommended in an effort to find potential prior art (e.g., any patents or patent applications) that may impact the patentability of your invention. In many cases, the search process is rather detailed and time-consuming, and thus, working with an experienced patent attorney is encouraged. In general, the United States Patent [...]

March 12th, 2020|

How to Patent a Product

Steps to patent a product provided by a patent attorney: Hire an experienced patent attorney. Determine whether you should consider a design patent, a utility patent, or both. Work with your patent attorney to conduct a patentability search. File your application with the USPTO. Respond to Office Actions by set deadlines. Hire an Experienced Patent [...]

October 8th, 2019|

How to File a Patent Application for a New Product or Invention

For many inventors, a patent is one of the most worthwhile investments one can make—the patent laws ensure that anyone who “invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor.” Without a patent, an opposing or competing party [...]

July 11th, 2019|
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