Education

  • University of Houston (J.D. 1987)
  • California State University, Fullerton (M.S., Electrical Engineering 2000)
  • Auburn University (B.S., Mechanical Engineering 1981), Pi Tau Sigma; Tau Beta Pi

Ben Yorks specializes in intellectual property matters, particularly patents. His practice includes patent litigation, patent office representation (prosecution and post grant reviews), licensing and IP diligence. He has prosecuted patents in the mechanical, electrical, optics and life science arts. Prior to his legal career Mr. Yorks was an engineer at Texas Instruments.

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Representative Matters

Litigation

TiVo Inc. v. EchoStar Communications, Inc.; TiVo Inc. v. ATT, Inc.; TiVo Inc. v. Verizon Communications Inc.; Motorola Mobility, Inc. v. TiVo Inc.; Cisco Systems, Inc. v. TiVo Inc. (E.D. Tex.)
Represented TiVo in a series of patent infringement suits related to DVRs that resulted in a cumulative compensation to TiVo of $1.6 billion.

Apeldyn v. Chi Mei Optoelectronics. (Del.)
Represented Chi Mei in a patent infringement suit related to liquid crystal displays LCDs). Obtained a summary judgment of non-infringement.

Ultratech Stepper, Inc. v. ASM Lithography, Inc. (N.D. Cal.)
Represented ASML in a patent infringement suit related to photolithographic equipment used for semiconductor fabrication. A jury found the asserted patent claims to be invalid on numerous grounds.

Representative Patent Office Proceedings

TiVo Inc. v. EchoStar Communications, Inc.
Represented TiVo in an inter partes reexamination that resulted in the cancellation of all claims being asserted in the civil action, for technology that relates to DVRs.

LG Philips LCD Co., Ltd. v. Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp.
Represented Chi Mei in a number of inter partes reexaminations that resulted in the affirmance of claims asserted by Chi Mei and the cancellation of claims asserted by LG in the civil action, in technology that relates to LCD displays.

ADP
Representation in an ex parte reexamination that resulted in the affirmance of claims for technology that relates to insurance estimating software.

InTouch Health
Representation in an ex parte reexamination that resulted in the affirmance of claims for technology that relates to tele-robotics.

Newport Corp.
Representation in an ex parte reexamination that resulted in the affirmance of claims that relates to optics.

Rudell Design
Representation in an ex parte reexamination that resulted in the affirmance of claims for a toy product.

Mr. Yorks has prosecuted hundreds of patents including patents that were successfully litigated for Intel (chip packaging), Computer Motion (surgical robots) and Refractec (medical device).

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • 1988, California
  • Registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office