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Eric Benisek

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Eric Benisek is an Intellectual Property attorney representing clients in a wide range of matters, including litigation, dispute resolution and corporate counseling. Eric has extensive experience advising technology companies, from venture-backed start-ups to large publicly traded technology corporations, regarding their intellectual property challenges. His practice includes:

  • Prosecuting and defending complex patent, copyright and trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition claims;
  • Commercialization, protection and sale of intellectual property in a variety of business transactions, including licensing, joint ventures, distribution, commercial agreements and mergers and acquisitions;
  • Corporate counseling, including new entity formation, organization, corporate governance and venture capital and angel financings.

Prior to founding Vasquez Benisek & Lindgren LLP, Eric worked for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. and Morgan Miller Blair. He earned his B.A. from the University of California, Davis and his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of San Francisco, School of Law, where he was the Executive Editor of the USF Law Review and received the Edward J. McFetridge Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. He was named one of Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars” in both 2009 and 2010 for Intellectual Property Litigation.

Eric is admitted to the California Supreme Court, the United States District Court for All California Districts, the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Tenth Circuit and Federal Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

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Representative matters include:

  • Cioffi, et al. v. Google, Inc. (recently obtained eight figure jury verdict against Google as lead counsel representing inventor in patent infringement litigation in the Federal district court for the Eastern District of Texas)
  • Timefire v. AQS, et al. (recently obtained successful jury verdict as lead counsel for Timefire, Inc. in a breach of contract dispute in California state Court, county of Alameda)
  • Chrimar et al., v. Accton Technology Corp. (represented defendants in patent infringement litigation in Federal district court for Eastern District of Texas)
  • Trade Show Networks v. Smart City Networks, et al. (represented plaintiff is tort and unfair competition litigation in California state Court, county of San Francisco)
  • Trustees of Boston University v. Epistar, et al. (representing defendants in patent infringement litigation in Federal District court for Massachusetts)
  • Nichia v. Everlight (representing defendant in patent infringement litigation in Federal district court for Eastern District of Texas
  • Net Navigation Systems, LLC v. Extreme Networks, Inc. (represented defendant in patent infringement litigation in Federal district court for Eastern District of Texas)
  • SpiralEdge v. SeaWorld (represented plaintiff in trademark infringement litigation in the Federal district court for the Southern District of California)
  • Nonend v. Spotfiy (represented inventor as plaintiff in patent litigation in the Federal district court for the District of Delaware over streaming data distribution)
  • SMC Networks v. Hitron Technology Corp. (represented plaintiff in trade secret misappropriation litigation in the Federal district court for the Central District of California)
  • Lineage Corp. v. SynQor (represented plaintiff in patent litigation in Federal district court for the Eastern District of Texas over dc-dc power converter technology)
  • Triangle Software v. Westwood One (represented defendant in patent infringement litigation over traffic monitoring software)
  • Network-1 v. Enterasys (represented defendant in patent litigation in Federal district court for the Eastern District of Texas over power-over-Ethernet technology)
  • CSIRO v. 3Com, D-Link, Accton and SMC (represented defendant group in patent infringement brought by the Australian government in Federal district court for the Eastern District of Texas over WLAN technology)

Representative Technology Clients:

  • GE Energy
  • ZTE (USA) Inc.
  • Epistar Corporation
  • Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • Extreme Networks, Inc.
  • Accton Technology Corporation
  • SMC Networks, Inc.
  • CalPERS
  • LG-Ericsson USA, Inc.

Outside Counsel for the Following Start-up Clients:

  • AngelList
  • Wanelo
  • Karmic Labs, Inc.
  • GlassLab Games
  • The Hit Forge, LP
  • Evolve VC Fund, LP
  • MoonDrop Entertainment, LLC
  • Hackers & Founders
  • The San Francisco Marathon
  • The Zerocoin Electric Coin Company