Benjamin Halpern works with clients to acquire, protect and enforce patents. He concentrates on complex patent preparation and prosecution, infringement and patentability studies, patent portfolio management, international patent prosecution and licensing.
A former Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent Office, Mr. Halpern is highly skilled in the application and examination process. Recognizing that the objective of the Examiner is consistent with the objective of the applicant—that a strong and valid patent emerges—he writes applications and negotiates with the Office as an advocate and not an adversary, to achieve a patent that, once issued, can be confidently enforced in the courts.
Mr. Halpern, who holds a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering, has a vast amount of experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the U.S. and internationally in a broad range of technologies, including semiconductor memory devices, liquid crystal and plasma displays, nanotechnology, medical devices and business methods. He has also drafted and successfully prosecuted numerous patent applications involving computer-based inventions, including software-based inventions directed to database management, Internet and other network-based search algorithms, graphic user interfaces, and computerized manufacturing environments. His clients range from individual inventors to global corporations.
Mr. Halpern advises engineers, scientists and management on patent strategy with the main objective being obtainment of patent protection likely to yield the greatest competitive advantage over time. During the examination process, he evolves the claims to acquire the broadest possible protection while ensuring that the resulting patent is strong and enforceable.
He also represents parties in reissue and reexamination proceedings; drafts patentability and right to use opinions and advises on licensing.