Fish & Richardson Principal Benjamin Elacqua Recognized by the National Law Journal as a Smart Tech Law Trailblazer

Fish & Richardson is proud to announce that the National Law Journal has recognized Principal Benjamin Elacqua as a Smart Tech Law Trailblazer.

An accomplished trial lawyer and sought-after counsel for multibillion-dollar global intellectual property disputes, Elacqua focuses his practice on matters related to consumer electronics, the Internet of Things, wearable tech, and other connected technology. He also has extensive experience helping his clients in the U.S. and around the world navigate connected technology’s interplay with standard essential patents, as well as wider issues such as licensing on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.

When asked the genesis of the path that made him a trailblazer, Elacqua told the National Law Journal, “The advancement in technology can take many forms, and one that has especially intrigued me over the years has been the proliferation of standards technology into traditional products, such as the connected home or the connected car. Companies are increasingly using standardized technology to explore new areas of business. The potential for new business growth, however, brings new challenges and risks. Helping companies navigate these issues and hopefully avoid litigation is a mission that I take personal pride in. However, if litigation is necessary, it is essential to have a deep understanding of these unique and novel legal issues and how they interact with traditional patent law.”

The National Law Journal’s Trailblazers award series recognizes “legal professionals who have made significant marks on the practice, policy and technological advancements in their sector,” with the Smart Tech Law Trailblazers award focusing on those doing innovative or unique work related to connected technology.