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  • Peers particularly praise her skill and experience in patent prosecution, with one highlighting her skill at "working with the USPTO; she knows how to go there (USPTO) and get patents" - Chambers USA


  • J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1992
  • B.A., College of the Holy Cross, 1983

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute (completed full coursework and competency exam, Chemical Engineering,) 1984

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Memberships & Affiliations

Boston Patent Law Association

Licensing Executives Society

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Massachusetts Bar Association

American Bar Association

Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts

Elizabeth A. Hanley

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  • T: 617.449.6510
    F: 617.206.9403

Ms. Hanley is practice group leader of the Firm's Intellectual Property/Information Technology Group and has more than thirty years of experience as a patent professional. She began her career as an Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the fields of biotechnology and chemistry. While employed by the Patent Office, she received specialized biotechnology training at the National Institutes of Health. 

Ms. Hanley practices in all areas of chemistry and biotechnology patent law, including patent prosecution, patentability, freedom to operate and validity opinions, licensing, and due diligence evaluations. Her specialties include small molecule and organic chemistry, drug delivery, and pharmaceutical development. She has extensive experience in representing early stage companies and working with them interactively to strategically build their patent portfolios. She also represents many of the leading pharmaceutical companies building and managing complex patent portfolios, protecting blockbuster biotech and small molecule drugs, and developing global strategic plans.

Ms. Hanley is recognized as a Chambers USA "Leaders in Their Field" lawyer for 2009-2015 and Managing IP’s Top 250 Women in IP in 2014. She has also been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in 2015 and 2016 and named to the New England SuperLawyers list for 2005-2015.