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Benjamin P. Gilford focuses his practice on a broad range of intellectual property matters, including procurement and enforcement of patent, copyright, and trademark rights, with a particular focus on patent litigation. Ben’s litigation experience has covered a wide range of technology areas, including medical devices, consumer products, electronics, mechanical devices, remote controls, and sports equipment. His experience includes nearly every aspect of patent, trademark, and trade secret litigation, from pre-litigation investigation and preparation of pleadings through all phases of discovery, motion practice, Markman and summary judgment hearings, and appeals. Ben regularly advises clients on the clearance and selection of trademarks and prosecutes domestic trademark and copyright applications.


  • Intellectual property litigation
  • Trademark clearance and selection
  • Trademark and copyright prosecution
  • IP due diligence
  • Patent prosecution and opinions



  • Law Clerk, Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Summer 2009

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," 2021-2022
  • Intellectual Property Law, 2021-2022
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2021-2022
  • Patent Law, 2022


  • J.D., cum laude, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2013
    • Managing Editor, Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property
    • Member, Intellectual Property Law Society
    • Team Member, Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, 2011-2012
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, 2010
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office