Amir Behnia


Over the course of his career, Amir Behnia has conducted approximately 800 interviews with USTPO examiners.

Amir Behnia is a Shareholder at Nixon Vanderhye and a registered patent attorney who focuses his practice on patent prosecution. He works with companies and foreign firms in securing patents before the USPTO.

With a domestic and foreign patent prosecution practice primarily concentrated in the mechanical and aeronautics arts, Amir offers in-depth experience working with technologies entailing aircraft, power tools, toys, kitchen appliances, and plastic/paperboard containers.

Amir believes one of the most efficient – and cost-effective – means to secure an allowance of a patent application is through an interview with the USTPO examiner handling the patent application. As a result, he has developed a substantial and varied practice with a focus on conducting examiner interviews for almost all his cases. Over the years, this approach has yielded valuable insights based on interactions with examiners as well as a broad perspective of how cases are examined based on the examiner’s workload.

Prior to joining Nixon Vanderhye, Amir was associated with an intellectual property firm in Alexandria, Virginia, as a registered patent attorney.

  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, 1999
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1996
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, 1993
  • B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Boston University, 1992
  • American Bar Association

Get To Know Amir

What are your hobbies?

Building and flying model airplanes.

What book couldn’t you put down?

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefèvre.

What are your favorite foods?

Indian (tikka masala), Turkish (doner kebab), and Neapolitan pizza.