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D. Benjamin Esplin
Mr. Esplin is a member of the law firm's Intellectual Property practice and the lead counsel on the Social Media & Games team. His practice spans many areas of intellectual property law, and his areas of technical focus include social media, video games, social networks, virtual worlds, augmented reality, media, computer software, computer graphics processing, mechanical devices, control systems, network infrastructure, security and maintenance, sound recording/reproduction, wireless communication and business methods.
The scope of Mr. Esplin's practice covers a broad range of intellectual property matters including the development and monetization of intellectual property. He has experience in developing patent filing strategies, patent preparation, patent prosecution, patent portfolio sales and licensing, transactional due diligence, and advising clients with respect to the validity, infringement and potential avoidance of third party patent rights. Mr. Esplin’s experience with patent prosecution extends to successfully representing clients post-grant proceedings such as reissue, reexamination (ex parte and inter partes), and patent interference. Mr. Esplin also has experience with other intellectual property and other legal matters pertaining to video games and social media.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Esplin was a patent law clerk at another prominent law firm, where he prepared and prosecuted patent applications, provided analyses pertaining to patentability, freedom to operate and due diligence opinions. Mr. Esplin also served as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he examined patent applications pertaining to optical systems including film photography cameras, photolithographic apparatuses, projectors, photocopiers and printers.
The American Intellectual Property Law Association, The San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association, The American Bar Association, The SL Bar Association
- “Technology Transfer and Commercialization,” Oceans 2013 MTS/IEEE Conference, San Diego, CA, 9/24/13