Mr. Benson (Of Counsel) represents foreign and domestic clients in intellectual property and international trade matters. He has broad experience in U.S. trademark law, domain name law, section 337 litigation of intellectual property rights, customs law, international trade agreements, and international contract negotiation. He brings the perspective of past service in high U.S. Government positions, familiarity with the broad range of laws and international conventions regulating international business, an understanding of the needs and challenges of companies operating globally, and experience in dealing with diverse cultures and legal systems around the world.
He practices before relevant U.S. federal courts and federal agencies, including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the U.S. Departments of State, Treasury and Commerce.
He has served in the U.S. government as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Agreements at the Department of Commerce and Deputy Assistant Legal Adviser for Economic and Business Affairs of the Department of State. In these capacities, he was responsible for the negotiation and interpretation of international agreements and was responsible for international competition law matters. He was awarded the Department of State Distinguished Service Award for his work as head of the U.S. delegation in the successful negotiation of the United Nations code of conduct on restrictive business practices in international trade.
Mr. Benson is a 1972 graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, and a 1966 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the International Trademark Association. He is fluent in Italian and conversant in French.