Elizabeth A. Hanley

Of Counsel

265 Franklin St.
Boston, MA 02110

Elizabeth “Betty” Hanley has more than thirty years of experience as a patent professional. Betty 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.

Betty 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.

Betty has been recognized in Chambers USA from 2009-2019 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 2005-2018. 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.


  • 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