Todd A. Benni


Practice Focus

Professional Experience

Todd has a wide range of experience in advising both domestic and international clients in all areas of intellectual property law. Todd focuses his practices on assisting clients in obtaining, managing, and protecting all types of intellectual property rights. In particular, he assists clients in strategic client counseling and preparation of legal opinions on all intellectual property matters, domestic and foreign patent preparation and procurement in the mechanical, electro-mechanical, and business method arts, preparation and procurement of domestic and foreign trademarks, and acquiring and managing domestic and foreign domain names.

Todd also has extensive experience in providing legal advice and counseling to clients regarding a wide variety of advertising issues, such as CAN-SPAM, COPPA, sweepstakes, websites privacy policies, and terms of use of websites. Todd also works with e-commerce related clients in assisting them with their intellectual property and advertising issues.

Before joining McDonald Hopkins, Todd served as Senior Managing Counsel, IP, Advertising and Licensing for a leading global supplier of office products and services.


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, Journal of Law and Commerce, Business Manager, Editor (1998)
  • Purdue University, B.S., Industrial Engineering (1995)

State Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Professional Associations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Patent Law Committee Member
  • INTA


  • "Distasteful or smart? Trademarking the Ice Bucket Challenge," Business Advocate, August 29, 2014
  • "A New Way to Mark Your Patents," RBMA Monthly Legal Update Digest April 2012
  • "Patent reform bill signed into law: 7 significant changes," September 16, 2011
  • "Clear and convincing evidence needed to invalidate a patent," July 6, 2011
  • "Patent Owners Rejoice: Inequitable conduct in litigation more difficult to prove," July 6, 2011
  • "Be careful with your agreements: Bayh – Doyle Act does not automatically confer ownership of inventions from inventers," July 2011 
  • "Recent Developments in U.S. Patent Law," International Legal News, Vol. 8, Issue I, June 30, 2011
  • "USPTO not immune from budget cuts," McDonald Hopkins LLC Alert, May 2011
  • "Want to Obtain a Patent Faster? The USPTO’s New Rules Can Help You," McDonald Hopkins LLC Alert, April 2011
  • "Don't Like the USPTO's Decision on Your Patent?" December 30, 2010
  • "Dislike Your Competitor's Patent? It may become easier to invalidate it," December 14, 2010


Community Activities

  • Office Depot Foundation – Board of Directors – Ambassador
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    Cleveland, OH 44114