Benjamin H. Graf

New York
500 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4100
New York, NY 10110
D: 212.223.6651
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Ben is an intellectual property attorney with Merchant & Gould’s New York office. Focusing on general intellectual property work with an emphasis on patent procurement, licensing and opinion work, Ben works for companies of all sizes, from tech start-ups to multinational corporations. He’s a problem-solver, assisting companies in finding the most cost-effective and secure way to protect their IP.

Dedicated to Guiding Small Tech Start-Ups & Multinational Corporations

Ben manages extensive international patent portfolios, working with clients ranging from multinational corporations to start-ups and individual inventors. His clients come from a broad spectrum of technologies and industries, including:

  • Telecommunications
  • Semiconductors
  • Electronics
  • Hydraulics systems
  • Marine systems
  • Robotics
  • Medical devices
  • Financial services
  • Consumer products
  • Software applications

Partner to the Tech Start-Up

Ben understands that in almost every case, a tech start-up’s intellectual property is critical to the success of their business. Without legal protection, they simply can’t flourish. Understanding their potential, Ben regularly guides tech start-ups in balancing the cost and importance of IP protection while they grow their company.

Focused on Strategic & Creative Patent Procurement & Prosecution

Most clients approach Ben concerned with procuring the best possible protection for their intellectual property with the best value. Ben delivers solutions to these concerns by strategizing and communicating with each client, discovering what’s truly critical to the client’s business. As a result, he avoids spending time and money on things that don’t make the cut.


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
   J.D. (IP Concentration), 2010
Boston University 
   B.A. Physics, cum laude, 2005


New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Publications & Speaking

Prognosis Indeterminable: How Patent Nonobviousness Outcomes Depend Too Much on Decision-Makers, 9 CARDOZO PUB. L. POL’Y & ETHICS J. 567 (2011)