Benjamin L. Singer

Benjamin represents plaintiffs and defendants in intellectual property cases and other technology-centric business disputes. Since founding the firm over a decade ago, he has served as lead counsel in bet-the-company disputes throughout California and the United States. Benjamin, who received a B.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering, cum laude, from the University of Michigan, was recently named a Top Trade Secrets Lawyer for California by the Daily Journal for 2023, a 2024 Best Lawyer for trade secrets law, and a 2023 Northern California Super Lawyer (his fourth consecutive selection as a Super Lawyer after being recognized as a Rising Star three times). He has also been selected for membership in the Lawyers of Distinction and as a California winner of the IP Disputes award from International Advisory Experts. In describing working with Benjamin, his clients repeatedly note that they “trust him” and laud his “rare combination of instinct, intelligence, leadership and technical aptitude” and “commitment” to their problems as if “they were his own.”

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School (2002)
  • BSE, Aerospace Engineering (cum laude), University of Michigan (1999)

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Member, Licensing Executives Society
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Former Adjunct Law Professor at St. Francis College

Prior Associations

  • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Fish & Neave LLP (now Ropes & Gray LLP)

Bar Admissions

  • State Bars: California, New York, and Massachusetts
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Northern District of California
  • Central District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • Southern District of New York

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Current Cases

Some of Benjamin’s current representations include:

  • Applied Materials, Inc. v. Lai et al. (Cal. Super. and JAMS) – Currently serving as lead counsel for defendants in their defense of trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract claims relating to advanced techniques for semiconductor fabrication.
  • Anduril Industries, Inc. v Salient Motion Inc. et al. (C.D. Cal) – Currently serving as lead counsel for Salient Motion and two of its co-founders in their defense of trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract claims relating to algorithms and code utilized by advanced motor controllers.
  • Microvention, Inc. v. Balt USA, LLC et al. (C.D. Cal) – Recently engaged on the eve of trial to represent former Director of Research and Development in his defense of a trade secret misappropriation claim relating to catheter-based medical devices.

Notable Matters

Since founding Singer IP, Benjamin has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex, high-stakes intellectual property cases.

Some of Benjamin’s trade secret representations include:

  • Propoint Solutions, LLC v. Regis Corp. et al. (N.D. Cal.)  – Served as lead counsel for former Chief Technology Officer in his defense of trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract claims relating to POS software and related database schema.
  • Agilent, Inc. v. Twist, Inc. (Cal. Super.) – Represented former Chief Financial Officer in her defense of trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract claims relating to the alleged exfiltration of trade secret information pertaining to the use of ink jet printer technology to synthesize oligonucleotides.
  • Veritas Investments, Inc. v. Lantern Group Realty (Cal. Supr.) – Served as lead counsel for defendants in a trade secret misappropriation action relating to a predictive real-estate model.
  • Consilium Wealth Management et al. v. Clarity Wealth et al. (Cal .Supr.) – Served as lead counsel for a wealth management firm asserting a trade secret misappropriation claim again former employees relating to a predictive investment model.

Some of Benjamin’s patent representations include:

  • Deep Web, L.L.C. v. Ask Media Group, LLC (N.D. Cal.) – Served as lead counsel for defendant in a patent infringement action relating to deep web search engine technlogy.
  • Proxicom Wireless, LLC v. Macy’s Inc. et al. (M.D. Fl.) –Served as lead counsel for defendant in a patent infringement action relating to BLE technology.
  • Blackbird Tech, LLC v. Arro, Inc. et al. (D. Del.) – Served as lead counsel for defendants in a patent infringement action relating to GPS enabled computing.
  • Thermolife International, LLC v. NBTY, Inc. et al. (S.D. Cal.) – Served as lead counsel for NBTY, Inc., Solgar, Inc., United States Nutrition, Inc., and Sundown Naturals in a patent infringement action relating to dietary supplements.
  • Qommerce Systems, LLC v. Ancestry.com (E.D. Tex.) – Served as lead counsel for defendant in a patent infringement action relating to e-commerce technology.
  • McRO, Inc. v. Insomniac Games, Inc. (C.D. Cal.) – Lead counsel for defendant in a patent infringement action relating to automated lip sync animation in video games.
  • Reason Bradley v. Applied Marine Systems, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) – Lead counsel for inventor/plaintiff in a patent infringement action against a competitor relating to tiltable sonar mounts.
  • Software Research, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) – Lead counsel for inventor/plaintiff in a series of patent infringement actions relating to automatic performance and regression testing of web applications.

Some of Benjamin’s trademark representations include:

  • CAFE Foundation, Inc. v. Seeley (N.D. Cal.) – Served as lead counsel for defendant in Lanham Act and trademark infringement action.
  • 24/7 Customer, Inc. v. 24-7 Intouch et al. (N.D. Cal.) – Served as lead counsel for defendant in a trademark infringement action relating to call center solutions.
  • Orion Pictures Corp. v. Orion Entertainment Inc., et al. (C.D. Cal) – Served as lead counsel for defendant in a trademark infringement action relating to media production.
  • Michael Zschoche v. Locale Lifestyle Magazine et al. (S.D. Cal.) – Served as lead counsel for defendants in a trademark infringement action relating to periodicals.
  • Axis Labs, Inc. v. Ashley Conrad et al. (C.D. Cal.) – Lead counsel for defendant in a trademark infringement action relating to dietary supplements.

Some of Benjamin’s contract representations include:

  • Bunsow De Mory LLP v. North Forty Consulting LLC (N.D. Cal.) – Served as lead counsel for plaintiff in breach of contract action.
  • Creative Mobile Technologies LLC v. Flywheel Software Inc. (N.D. Cal.) – Served as lead counsel for plaintiff in a breach of contract and tortious interference action.
  • PACT XPP Technologies AG v. Alliacense Limited, LLC (Cal. Supr.) – Served as lead counsel for plaintiff in a breach of contract action in Santa Clara.
  • Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation v. Robert Benton et al. (S.D. Cal.) – Served as lead counsel for individual defendant in a breach of contract action relating to inventorship rights.

 

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