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Forget Legos and comic books. For intellectual property attorney Eric Bensen, legal details have always sparked his interest, even as a child.
“I was always interested in the law,” Eric said. “Even as a kid, I used to look for articles about recent court decisions in the paper.”
It may come as a surprise to learn that Eric didn’t jump at the chance to attend law school. After college, Eric pursued some other career paths, but finally decided to follow his interests and go to law school.
“Looking back, I realized that the things that I would have liked to change such as going to law school right after college instead of ‘wasting’ time at other jobs turned out to be helpful in the long run. As little as I enjoyed those other jobs, I learned a lot about what I didn’t want to do for living, which helped me stay focused in law school, and a lot about management and working with people, which has been helpful throughout my career.”
Eric advises clients – from Fortune 500 companies to individual inventors – on intellectual property issues arising in litigation and licensing matters. He’s also the author or co-author of 4 leading intellectual property treatises. Known as an intellectual property “jack of all trades,” Eric traces most of the work he does today to an article on apportionment of lost profit damages for patent infringement that he wrote as a mid-level associate.
His advice to others who are starting their careers, “When you come across an issue in your work that seems interesting, but not well understood, become an expert in it and, even better, write about it. You would be surprised how expertise on even a narrow issue can lead to opportunities to develop expertise on larger issues.”
When Eric isn’t sharing his insight on patent, copyright and trade secret issues, he’s relaxing with his wife or playing the blues and other music with his three sons.
In addition to his groundbreaking treatises, Milgrim on Trade Secrets and Milgrim on Licensing, Patent Licensing Transactions and Patent Law Perspectives, Eric is the author of two books, New York Intellectual Property Law and Intellectual Property in Bankruptcy, and a numerous articles on intellectual property law. All are available at the LexisNexis® Store.