Benedict Y. Hur
Partner

bhur@kvn.com
Tel. (415) 676-2218

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D., 2002

Stanford University, B.A., M.A., 1998

Clerkships

Hon. Saundra Brown Armstrong
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2004-2005

Bar Admissions

California

US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 

US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Benedict Y. Hur

Ben Hur litigates intellectual property and commercial disputes for companies ranging from start-ups to established corporations. He has tried over half a dozen cases as first chair, and handled numerous criminal and civil cases in state courts, federal courts, and before the International Trade Commission.

As an intellectual property and complex commercial litigator with a deep understanding of the gaming and mobile application industries, Ben Hur helps those companies and developers protect their greatest assets – innovative ideas, products and relationships. Using a client-centric approach, he recently helped various clients to safeguard cutting-edge technology, resolve a founder dispute, and secure a successful settlement which avoided litigation.

In addition to resolving intellectual property and complex commercial disputes, he also guides executives and board members of publicly traded companies through white collar criminal and securities litigation in federal courts and before the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Cases of Note

Technology Company v. Internet Search Engine: We defended a leading Internet search engine in a high-stakes binding arbitration. The founders of a company acquired by our client alleged our client breached the merger agreement, and sought hundreds of millions in earn-out compensation. A three-judge panel found in favor of our client on all counts.

AUL Corporation v. Executives: We represented three individuals in a breach of contract and California corporations code action relating to terms of an investment contract. We settled favorably on the eve of trial.

Wyeth v. Impax Laboratories, Inc.: Impax Laboratories, Inc. asked us to take over this patent case midway through the discovery process. We completed discovery, handled all of the depositions, and achieved a very favorable result for our client.

Broadcom Corporation v. Telecommunications Company: In a landmark patent case before the International Trade Commission (ITC), we represented Broadcom, a leading semiconductor company, against a telecommunications company, various wireless network providers, and handset manufacturers. After a trial and the first live hearing before the full commission in 20 years, we obtained an order from the ITC preventing the infringing chips from being imported into the U.S.

United States v. Michael Shanahan Jr.: In a criminal options backdating case, we secured a dismissal before trial for Michael Shanahan Jr., who served on Engineered Support Systems Inc.'s board of directors and was a member of the company's compensation committee. We also represented him in a parallel options backdating action brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission. After eight days of trial testimony, a federal judge in Missouri granted our motion for judgment as a matter of law.

Individual v. Mobile Gaming Company: The founders of a mobile gaming company were embroiled in an internal dispute over an alleged breach of fiduciary duty. On behalf of the company, we devised a successful resolution.

Class Action Plaintiff v. Social Gaming Company: We defended a social gaming company from a putative class action over the value of virtual currency and its terms of use. The plaintiffs dismissed the case after we successfully moved to arbitrate all claims.

Awards and Honors

  • Super Lawyer, 2013
  • Coro Fellow in Public Affairs

Professional Affiliations

  • Judiciary Committee member, Korean American Bar Association of Northern California
  • Chair, San Francisco Ethics Commission
  • Board Vice President and Executive Committee member, Bay Area Community Resources
  • Board member and legal director, Stanford Daily

Publications

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