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  • The “excellent” Elizabeth Hanley is an “extremely impressive” and experienced patent prosecutor who is distinguished for her strategic counsel to biotechnology companies. Sources say: “She provides patents that are defensible and have a broad scope.”
    - Chambers USA


  • J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1992
  • B.A., College of the Holy Cross, Chemistry, 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 a member of the firm’s Executive and Compensation Committees. She is also practice group leader of the firm's Intellectual Property/Information Technology Group and has more than thirty years of experience as a patent professional. Ms. Hanley 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 has been recognized in Chambers USA from 2009-2018 and Managing IP’s Top 250 Women in IP in 2014. She has also been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America from 2015 -2019 and recognized in Massachusetts Super Lawyers from 2005-2017. Chambers is published by Chambers and Partners. Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. Best Lawyers is published by Best Lawyers in partnership with US News and World Report. A description of their selection process can be found in the respective links above. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.