Hankin Patent Law Intellectual Property Lawyers

Susan L. McCain

With 20+ years of international experience within the biotechnology, chemical, medical, software, printing, and wireless device industries Sue brings her large firm experience to Hankin Patent Law, APC and is eager to provide the attentive and personalized service our clients expect.  Her areas of expertise include intellectual property counseling, protection, and portfolio management, competitive analyses, IP-based due diligence, R&D advisor, licensing arrangements, and building value in IP assets. 

Working closely with her clients, Sue assists them in devising tactical plans to extend, expand, finance and protect their intellectual property, or guides them to determine which areas of their IP should be protected. Proficient across all areas of research and investigation, Susan conducts extensive competitor research to determine if the associated IP has been secured and patented by others. With a focus on IP strategy, Sue’s collaborative style assists clients to make the right decisions in regards to new product design, competitor landscape, and beneficial growth-focused acquisitions. She has achieved significant success in helping companies utilize their intellectual property assets to obtain funding, raise investor interest, increase M&A value, and to leverage a stronger position during an acquisition

Sue has a strong interest in philanthropic and charitable pursuits and is involved with numerous not-for-profit agencies. She serves as a Board Member for Family Promise of South Bay and is a member of the Advocates Advisory Board for the Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation. She is also a volunteer with the St Francis Center for the Homeless and Habitat for Humanity.

Current Employment Position(s):


Areas of Practice:

      • Patent Prosecution
      • Patent Portfolio Analysis
      • Licensing Arrangements
      • Research and Development Advising

Bar Admissions:

      • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 1994
      • State of California 2003
      • State of Ohio 1993


      • J.D. (cum laude) Case Western Reserve University School of Law 1993
      • BA Chemistry (magna cum laude) Case Western Reserve University 1990