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Benjamin B. Cotton

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Benjamin B. Cotton

Benjamin B. Cotton



Professional Experience

Benjamin Cotton is involved in the practice of intellectual property law, with a particular focus on the preparation and prosecution of United States and foreign patent applications in the mechanical, electro-mechanical, and chemical-mechanical arts. Ben works with a variety of clients ranging from sole inventors to multi-national corporations.

Ben’s legal expertise includes:

  • Preparing and prosecuting patent applications for filing in the United States and foreign countries
  • Rendering non-infringement, clearance, invalidity, and patentability opinions
  • Formulating long-term intellectual property roadmaps that include trademarks, utility patents, design patents, trade secrets, and copyrights
  • Preparing various types of contracts
  • Preparing disclosures for publishing as a prior art reference
  • Prosecuting domestic and foreign trademark applications
  • Providing general intellectual property training to clients, as well as training on specific topics of intellectual property as requested by individual clients

Prior to becoming an attorney, Ben worked as a Structural Analyst performing finite element analysis (FEA) for a truck, bus, and heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer.

Outside of work, Ben’s interests include soccer and travelling. Ben and his wife live in Shaker Heights and enjoy outdoor activities in the area.

Practice Areas


  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • State of Illinois, 2002

Memberships / Honors / Awards

  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association


  • J.D., The John Marshall Law School (Chicago, IL), 2002
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Cum Laude, 1998

Publications / Presentations