Marc E. Hankin, Esq. founded Hankin Patent Law, A Professional Corporation, in 2004 to advise owners and managers of all sized businesses on how best to protect their valuable technology and other creative works, through patent prosecution, copyright registration, trademark registration, licensing agreements, and related means. Previously as a Partner at several major law firms, and now continuing in the firm that he leads, for more than a quarter of a century, M. Hankin has counselled clients, including manufacturers and distributors in many different industries, including: visual effects, home theatre, optical, dental, and medical devices, footwear, garments, jewellery, food, nutraceuticals, and dietary supplements. Marc is quite knowledgeable about a wide variety of issues in the mechanical, chemical, and electrical arts.
Marc Hankin is a Registered Patent Attorney with a strong and broad science background who has had extensive involvement in all aspects of licensing and litigation, and he litigates in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, and copyright infringements, as well as domain name disputes, thefts of trade secrets, and other forms of unfair competition. Marc has been the lead lawyer on a wide variety of business litigation and intellectual property disputes for companies and educational institutions ranging in size from solo inventors and start-ups through the top of the Fortune 500, and every size in between. Marc has testified at Trial and Deposition several times as an Expert Witness, primarily on Licensing issues, and has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General regarding an Intellectual Property matter.
Marc and his law firm frequently are scored high in regional, national, and international surveys and rankings, including in 2004 (Super Lawyer® Rising Star®, Top 2.5%), and every year from 2007 through 2019, Marc has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer®, placing him in the Top 5% of all Intellectual Property Attorneys in the view of his peers and competitor attorneys. Moreover, Hankin Patent Law, APC has regularly been recognized as one of the top Patent Litigation Forma on the West Coast of the United States, including: Gamechanger Of The Year®, Marc E. Hankin, Hankin Patent Law, APC – US (CA) – ACQ5 Global Awards, Vanilla Thinking Limited; Best Patent Law Firm – California – 2017, 2018 IP Excellence Awards; Global Awards – 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018 Law Firm of the Year – Patents – California, USA, M&A Today and The Lawyer International; Best Patent Firm In California – 2015, 2016 & 2017 – Corporate LiveWire Global Awards; IP Litigation Law Firm Of The Year 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018- US (L.A.) – ACQ5 Global Awards, Vanilla Thinking Limited.
He has been Master of the Howard T. Markey Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, and previously a Master, the Program Chair, and the Membership Chair of the Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court. Previously, Marc was the Program Chair of the L.A. Intellectual Property Law Association, and has been involved as an active Member and frequent Chair of Committees/Subcommittees for numerous local, state, national, and international Bar Associations. Marc spent more than nine years representing several of those International Bar Associations as the only U.S. Patent Attorney involved from start to finish in the negotiations at The Hague Conference on Private International Law, resulting in a new International Treaty on Choice of Courts Agreements for use in international litigation, including Intellectual Property disputes.
Marc received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1984 from Boston University; obtained a Master of Science degree in 1987 from Iona College; taught physics and chemistry for three years at public high school before attending The Law School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught Legal Research and Writing before graduating in 1992; after which he spent a year Clerking for then-Chief Judge Brieant of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; since which time he has practiced law full-time.
Marc is admitted to the State and Federal Bars of California and New Jersey as well as a dozen Federal District and Appellate Courts around the U.S.A. He can be reached, most times of day or night by e-mail.
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1994
- U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1997
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1996
- U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1994
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1996
- U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1996
- U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1996
- U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1997
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1998
- U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1994
- State of New Jersey, 1994
- California, 1994
- J.D University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1992
- Honours: Teaching Fellow
- Honours: Member, Moot Court Team, U.S. Trademark Association
- Law Journal: Journal of International Business Law, Associate Editor, 1990 – 1991
- M.S. Biology and Education, Iona College, New Rochelle, New York, 1987
- B.A. Medical Science and B. A. Psychology, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, 1984
Hankin Patent Law, APC is a California law firm that is ideally positioned to assist high tech and creative companies throughout California, the United States, and the World. The firm regularly represents clients who are located throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.