Benjamin C. Spehlmann
Ben Spehlmann has extensive experience in intellectual property matters, particularly in client counseling, patent drafting/prosecution, and opinion work in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology arts. Mr. Spehlmann has significant technical expertise in all aspects of refining and petrochemical processes, as well as biofuel synthesis from thermal (pyrolytic) and catalytic routes. This experience was gained from working for 12 years in R&D at UOP, LLC (a major licensor of technology in these industries), during which time Mr. Spehlmann became a named inventor on several patents. Mr. Spehlmann has drafted and prosecuted numerous patent applications relating to fuel production from both petroleum and bio-derived sources, in addition to successfully representing clients in post-grant proceedings in these areas, both as patent owners and challengers.
Mr. Spehlmann is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1988 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.B.A., with distinction, in 2000 from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University in 2004.
Mr. Spehlmann has authored the following technical publications: Iodide Removal Using Zeolite Based Reactive Adsorption, Proceeding of the 13th International Zeolite Conference, Montpellier, France (July, 2001); The Chiyoda/UOP Acetica® Process: A Novel Acetic Acid Technology, Third Tokyo Conference for Advanced Catalytic Technology, Tokyo, Japan (July, 1998); and Development of a Catalyst for Conversion of Syngas-Derived Materials to Isobutylene, Fischer-Tropsch Archive (1996).
Mr. Spehlmann practices in the Washington, D.C. office of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
1100 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-4051
B.S., Ch.E. 1988, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.B.A. 2000, Northwestern University
J.D. 2004, Georgetown University
2005, District of Columbia
Supreme Court of Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia