Ben focuses his practice on intellectual property portfolio development and management as well as anti-counterfeiting enforcement. Ben actively works with clients developing patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret strategies in the fields of medical devices, electro-mechanical devices, consumer products, clothing, food and beverage products, as well as emerging CBD and cannabis related products.
Ben is a registered patent attorney and counsels his patent clients by providing prior art searching, infringement and freedom-to-operate analysis, patent application prosecution and negotiation and preparation of licensing agreements.
In addition to his patent practice, Ben frequently conducts trademark and service mark availability searches and clearance opinions, copyright registration, Internet domain disputes and enforcement actions with both U.S. and foreign Customs offices to prevent importation and exportation of counterfeit goods.
Ben is an active member of the pro-bono community serving as a Board Member of the Chicago Kent Patent Hub and a volunteer for Lawyers for the Creative Arts. As a Board Member, Ben works to provide inventors in need with access to pro-bono patent prosecution services. Ben has been recognized and honored by the USPTO for his pro-bono contributions.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Ben worked as a Senior Mechanical Engineer with Motorola Mobility where he provided mechanical and electro-mechanical component and assembly design, service design and was involved in project prototyping, finite element analysis, materials analysis and research, design of experiments, tolerance analysis, statistical analysis and intellectual property development. Along with his engineering teams, Ben worked to deliver compelling mobile devices and DROID smartphones. As part of his engineering experience, Ben completed Motorola’s Six Sigma Green Belt, Yellow Belt and White belt training in statistical analysis, experimental optimization and quality control directives. Ben draws on his corporate experiences and work with inventors, engineers, and business teams to add value and perspective to his clients.
Ben received his J.D., with an Intellectual Property Certificate, in May, 2011 from DePaul University College of Law. At DePaul, Ben served as a student advocate in DePaul’s Special Education Advocacy Legal Clinic, where he negotiated with Chicago Public School representatives in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings to advocate for special needs clients’ to receive educational accommodations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Ben graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in May, 2005.
Ben is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.