Ben focuses his practice primarily on patent prosecution and strategic counseling in a wide variety of technical fields within the computer and electrical arts, including television systems, video encoding, mobile phones, user interfaces, machine learning, search systems, and electrical components.
Prior to joining Banner Witcoff, Ben gained broad experience as intellectual property counsel for a late-stage startup in Silicon Valley. He was involved in every aspect of building the company’s patent portfolio and strategy, and worked closely with inventors and engineers to file several hundred high quality patent applications. Ben additionally gained experience managing a trademark portfolio, establishing an open source policy, and advising on copyright issues. He successfully managed several disputes, including trademark opposition proceedings in Europe and domain name disputes in Asia.
As a former Primary Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Ben examined patent applications related to television and video systems. He also interned at the Office of the Solicitor, where he drafted briefs and mooted oral arguments for Federal Circuit cases handled by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Solicitors.
Ben earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, where he also worked as a teacher’s assistant. While studying, he interned at a Midwest electrical controls company. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University.
Ben is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.