Brian Beck

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Brian Beck is a registered patent attorney with SpencePC. He has substantial experience in litigation involving all areas of intellectual property law. Mr. Beck provides advocacy and advice in the areas of: patent infringement; trade secret misappropriation; unfair competition; breach of contract; post-grant patent proceedings; trademark infringement; and copyright infringement. He has litigated claims in both state and federal courts throughout the United States.

In addition to his intellectual property litigation experience, Mr. Beck has represented pro bono multiple parents unfairly accused of child neglect in administrative proceedings in front of Illinois’s Department of Children and Family Services, and in 2016 received the Family Defense Center’s Individual Pro Bono Service Award for his successful work overturning Illinois’s vague “inadequate supervision” regulation.

Mr. Beck earned his law degree from New York University School of Law, from where he graduated in 2008.  Mr. Beck earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Prior to joining SpencePC, Mr. Beck spent eight years practicing intellectual property litigation at Kenyon & Kenyon LLP in New York, NY and Holland & Knight LLP in Chicago, IL.

Admissions

  • Bar of Illinois
  • Bar of New York
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2008.
  • B.S.E., Princeton University, 2005.

Achievements

  • Received Pro Bono Individual Service Award from the Family Defense Center in 2016

Representative Experience

  • Represented Hy-Vee, Inc. in defending allegations of patent infringement related to digital coupon systems for use in retail stores. Developed successful invalidity and non-infringement position, resulting in voluntary dismissal by plaintiff.  Deposed key fact and expert witnesses and briefed summary judgment.
  • Represented Tris Pharma, Inc. and its chief scientist Yu-Hsing Tu in defending allegations of trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract related to novel extended release liquid pharmaceutical formulations in New Jersey Superior Court, Chancery Division.  Won summary judgment of no liability, which was subsequently affirmed on appeal.
  • Represented Zydus Noveltech, Inc. and its president Sharad Govil in defending allegations of trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract related to transdermal pharmaceutical formulations in Vermont State Court.  Favorable resolution reached after grant of partial summary judgment in clients’ favor.  Deposed key fact witnesses and briefed summary judgment.
  • Represented Actavis, Inc. in defending allegations of patent infringement related to methods of administering oxymorphone to patients with renal deficiency.  Briefed and won pre-answer motion to dismiss for failure to claim patent eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101.
  • Represented pro bono clients accused of child neglect for inadequate supervision at testimonial administrative hearings; won ultimate expungement of clients’ listing in state database by administrative law judges and trial courts.
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