- Baton Rouge
Ben Meroney is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group. He focuses on intellectual property matters.
Ben’s practice encompasses the full range of intellectual property matters, including transactional, prosecution, litigation, and business counseling in the patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, and e-commerce areas. His transactional work has included a variety of intellectual property exploitation matters, such as licensing transactions, distributorship agreements, IP due diligence associated with business M&A and business spin-offs, joint venture research and development collaborations, software beta test agreements, software development contracts, shrinkwrap and clickwrap licenses, branding, and co-branding agreements. He has represented acquiring and acquired companies in negotiations to transfer intellectual property assets. He has helped a variety of companies establish trade secret policies and employee policies, including confidentiality and noncompete agreements.
Ben also advises clients in the technology and information services industries on privacy, cybersecurity, and technology related issues. He counsels clients on data privacy and protection, best practices, breach preparation and response plans, and post-breach reporting compliance. He has advised clients concerning state data breach notification laws, FTC privacy regulations, GDPR, and on privacy issues surrounding mobile devices and interactive websites, including COPPA compliance.
Ben’s prosecution work has included trademark registration, patent prosecution, and copyright registration. He has prosecuted patents in a variety of technical areas, including medical instruments, database structures, internet search engine technologies, hydrocarbon plant processing technologies, remote sensing, digital signal processing, valve technologies, waste water treatment systems, satellite technologies, and downhole tools. His US patent prosecution work has included appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeals Board, and re-examination and re-issuance of patents. He has also assisted clients in procuring patent rights in a variety of European countries and in Japan, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Ben’s trademark work has included registration of state and federal marks and trade dress and appeals to the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (TTAB), and trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the TTAB. He has also assisted in the procurement of foreign trademarks, including European Community trademarks.
In conjunction with his prosecution work, Ben has extensive experience in opinion work, including patentability and trademark registration, infringement, and validity opinions. He has also assisted clients in design-around studies and market clearance studies for new products.
Ben has also represented clients in intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, and copyright infringement. He has represented companies asserting intellectual property rights in litigation and has also defended against charges of infringement.
Ben’s prior legal experience includes complex oil and gas litigation and securities litigation. Before becoming an attorney, he worked as a geophysicist for a major oil company in a variety of assignments, including data processing assignments (VSP, AVO, PS bottom referenced data), data acquisition assignments, and data interpretation assignments. He also worked as a telecommunications engineer for a major telecommunications company, where he was responsible for quality control oversight of mini-computer monitoring installations.