Benjamin Appelbaum

Benjamin Appelbaum

Sole Practitioner
Flanders, New Jersey
(973) 927-5573
(973) 584-2621

Patent, trademark, and copyright; serving both businesses and inventors

Intellectual property law, especially the law of patents, can involve highly technical matters. A minority of New Jersey's attorneys are registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; and even fewer are in private practice. While some of these attorneys hold advanced degrees in the hard sciences in addition to their law degrees having substantial experience in a research setting provides a "feel" for understanding research data and converting it into the technical language of a patent application. Before beginning my practice at Benjamin Appelbaum Attorney at Law, I was involved in laboratory research in microbiology. This background gives our law firm the ability to fine-tune patent applications, identify cases of actionable infringement and anticipate and address other intellectual property issues that may arise.

Technical and scientific experience

Before becoming an attorney, I earned a Ph.D. in microbiology from Penn State in 1976. From there, I went on to work as a researcher, including in the pharmaceutical industry, for more than 15 years. Because of this experience, when you consult Benjamin Appelbaum Attorney at Law, we can discuss the technical aspects of your patent and intellectual property issues on common grounds, using shared concepts and terminology.

Legal knowledge

I have been an intellectual property attorney for almost 20 years. I was admitted to the bar of New Jersey in 1992 and New York in 1993, and have been registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Registration No. 38068) for nearly as long. I am as experienced working with other attorneys as I am working with other scientists, individual inventors and technical professionals. We can work together not only to protect your intellectual property, but also to negotiate licensing and royalty agreements or address instances of infringement.

Areas of Practice

  • Patents
  • Trademarks and service marks
  • Copyright
  • IP infringement
  • Trade secrets
  • Business organizations
  • Licensing agreements
  • Restoration of works from public domain status

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1992
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1992
  • New York, 1993
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • New York Law School, New York, New York
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1992
    • Law Journal: Staff Member, New York Law School Journal of Human Rights
  • Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, Brooklyn, New York
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1970
    • Major: Biology
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
    • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy - 1976
    • Major: Microbiology
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
    • M.S., Master of Science - 1973
    • Major: Microbiology

Published Works

  • Numerous Scientific Articles, Based Upon Microbiological and Biochemical Research

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law, Member
  • American Society for Microbiology, Member
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Member
  • New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Superior Court of New Jersey, Hon. Lawrence Lerner, J.S.C., Law Clerk
  • Weiner Lesniak, Roseland, New Jersey
  • Warner-Lambert Company, Scientist
  • University of Pennsylvania, Department of Microbiology, School of Dental Medicine
  • Dartmouth Medical School, Department of Microbiology