Ben Horton to Present at IP Defense Summit 2015 – Seattle

October 1, 2015
Seattle, WA

IP Litigation partner Benjamin T. Horton will participate in the panel, "Strategies for Dealing with NPEs – Fight or Flight” at the 2015 IP Defense Summit, held on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at the Four Seasons Hotel, Seattle.

The majority of IP infringement and litigation suits are brought by NPEs. Unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all” strategy for dealing with them, so IP leaders must develop a coherent understanding of when to fight and when to settle. In this presentation, panelists will explore:

  • Identifying what NPE you’re facing and the specific threat it poses
  • Strategies to deter NPEs at the outset
  • Risks and benefits of “taking a stand”
  • Joint defense groups

Mr. Horton will be joined on the panel by corporate leaders, including:

  • Isabella Fu, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft
  • Melissa A. Scanlan, Senior Director, Litigation and Antitrust, T-Mobile USA

Benjamin T. Horton handles complex litigation and counsels on patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Mr. Horton has a degree in electrical engineering, and before law school he worked for technology companies in the automotive and semiconductor industries. He has been to trial and won, with 25+ days as second or third chair. Mr. Horton has first-chaired Markman hearings and dispositive oral arguments, and has commendations from federal District Court Judges Arlander Keys, Blanch Manning, and Magistrate Judge Susan Cox. Mr. Horton is a member of the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois and litigates intellectual property actions in federal courts across the country, with more than 30 cases to his credit. He speaks regularly on patent litigation and strategy and he is a frequent contributor to various IP publications. SuperLawyers, a Chicago Magazine publication, has selected Mr. Horton for the 2012-2015 Illinois Rising Stars® lists, which feature outstanding lawyers identified as top attorneys in intellectual property law. He was also selected as an "Emerging Lawyer" in the inaugural edition of Emerging Lawyers Magazine, as a top Illinois attorney under 40. Mr. Horton has been recognized by intellectual property publications such as InsideCounsel, Law360, Chicago Magazine, and IPPro.