Ben D. Tobor - Greenberg Traurig LLP

Ben D. Tobor

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 713-374-3568

Ben D. Tobor has practiced intellectual property law in <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Houston since 1975. Ben focuses his practice on counseling clients in all aspects of acquisition, enforcement, and licensing of intellectual property rights including patents, copyrights, and trademarks, both in the United States and internationally. He has experience working with companies to protect and enhance their key brands and corporate images through strategic management of their worldwide trademark portfolios.

His practice includes representing international and domestic corporations, as well as individuals, in the fields of medical equipment and devices, "oil patch" equipment, restaurants, air conditioning and heating equipment, refuse collection and disposal, chemicals and chemical processing, hair and skin beauty care products, and computer software, among others.

One of Ben's clients, for whom he obtained numerous patents in the field of coronary stents, was awarded the 1996 Texas Inventor of the Year Award by the State Bar of Texas. This patent work also earned him special recognition in IP Worldwide magazine's August 2001 special report, "Patent Plums," which recognized "the most valuable <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region> patents and the lawyers who nurtured them." He was also recognized in IP Worldwide magazine's August 2002 special report, "10 Patents that Changed the World," as having been the attorney that obtained one of those patents. In 2006, his client was inducted to the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

He is a past President of the Houston Young Lawyers Association, a Life Fellow of the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Houston and Texas Bar Foundations, and a Charter Fellow of the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation. Ben provides volunteer legal services for various charitable and public service organizations, including Justice for Children, The Escape Center, and Cenikor.

Prior to moving to <st1:city w:st="on">Houston, Ben served as a Patent Examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and as a law clerk to Judge Phillip B. Baldwin of the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Washington, <st1:state w:st="on">D.C., which was the predecessor court of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D. 1973The University of Texas at AustinBS 1969
American Bar AssociationState Bar of TexasHouston Bar AssociationAmerican and Houston Intellectual Property AssociationInternational Trademark AssociationHouston Intellectual Property Inn of CourtTexas Bar FoundationHouston Bar FoundationHouston Young Lawyers Foundation

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Client Comments

"Ben Tobor handles complex challenges with thoughtful, clearly defined strategies that drive successful outcomes. He is thorough in preparation, and has sound and practical reasoning."

Office Location

1000 Louisiana Street, Suite 1700
Houston, TX 77002
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Trademark Law of the Houston Metro Area
Ben D. Tobor has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Copyright Law
Patent Law
Trademark Law

Other Information

Gender: Male