Benjamin J. Hodges

Benjamin J. Hodges

Ben is a registered patent attorney and focuses on complex litigation and technology counseling. His litigation experience includes managing complex civil litigation cases of all types, including post grant IP matters, patent, unfair competition, trademark and trade dress, copyright, property disputes, and breach of contract cases. He also has experience in cases involving preliminary injunctive relief. 

His technology practice involves litigation and also counseling small and large companies on all types issues impacting their companies, including guiding IP prosecution efforts. He has counseled individuals and companies in services industries, manufacturing, telecommunications, software, food and consumables, petroleum refining, internet and media, and transportation.

Ben also maintains an active pro bono practice. His pro bono work includes counseling and litigation for veterans denied disability benefits, prisoners, home associations, housing disputes, and is part of the pro bono counsel for the Rare Genomics Institute.

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Washington State Bar Association

  • Washington Young Lawyers Committee, Board Member

American Bar Association

  • Young Lawyers Division, IP Committee, Past Chair and Vice Chair
  • Section of Intellectual Property Law, Member
  • Model Jury Instruction Committee, Member

King County Bar Association

  • Young Lawyers Division, Board of Trustees

Greater Seattle Advisory Council, Techbridge, Board Member

Rare Genomics Institute, Volunteer Attorney

Young Lawyers Division of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

  • Chair, 2014

St. Louis Bar Foundation

  • Fellow, 2011-Present
  • Board of Directors, 2011-2014
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Member

The Theodore McMillian American Inn of Court, Member, 2013-2014

Missouri Bar Leadership Academy, 2013-2014

Seattle IP Inn of Court, Past Member


Looking Ahead to 2017: Where Will Patent Venue Be Appropriate?

Author, American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Litigation, February 2017

Be Original in Briefs to Advance Your Argument and Avoid Copyright Infringement

Author, ABA Young Lawyers Division, Intellectual Property Law Committee Newsletter, Fall 2016

The Rise of Rule 12 Motions

Author, American Bar Association, October 2016

Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) Signed Into Law: Federal Law Offers Greater Protections and New Obligations for Employers

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, May 2016

Courts To Police Direct Infringement Pleadings More Strictly

Co-Author, Law360, November 2015

The Federal Circuit's Application of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank

Intellectual Property Litigation, ABA Section of Litigation, 2015

Pleading Standards in Patent Infringement Cases

ABA Young Lawyers Division Intellectual Property Committee 101 Practice Series, 2015

New Task Force Needs Your Ideas For Selecting More Diverse Slates

St. Louis Lawyer, October 2014

Copyright Remedies

ABA Young Lawyers Division Intellectual Property Committee 101 Practice Series, Spring 2014

Local Patent Rules: A Survey of District Courts

ABA Intellectual Property Litigation Committee, October 2013

Paths, Reasons Lead to Pro Bono

St. Louis Lawyer, October 2011

Real-Time Bio-Sensors for Enhanced C2ISR Operator Performance

Co-Author, Air Force Research Laboratory, Technical Report, July 2005

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Upcoming: Copyright, Trade Dress, and Design Patent

Speaker, Washington Lawyers for the Arts, June 2019

IP Basics for Filmmakers

Speaker, Washington Lawyers for the Arts, April 2019

Tips from the Clerks of Court

Moderator, Bridging the Gap, King County Bar Association, May 2018

net neutrality: free competition or chaos?

Panelist, 2018 Young Lawyers Division Spring Conference, May 2018

IP and video games issues: copyrights, trademarks, and patents

Speaker, American Bar Association, April 2018

Patent Trial Best Practices: What Do Judges Really Want?

Moderator, The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Patent Litigation, Daily Journal's 2018 Patent Dispute Forum, April 2018

Securing Ownership Rights to Employee-Created IP

Speaker, Clear Law Institute, June 2016

Tips from the Bench

Moderator, Bridging the Gap, King County Bar Association, March 2016

Insights from the FTC Big Data Report 2016

Co-Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel, February 2016

St. Louis E-Discovery Symposium

Panelist, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, June 2014

E-Discovery in the U.S. Federal Courts

St. Louis E-Discovery Symposium, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, February 2012

Surveying the E-Discovery Landscape: Local Rules and Guidelines Controlling E-Discovery in the U.S. District Courts

St. Louis Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, May 2011

Litigation & Dispute ResolutionEmergency Injunction TeamIntellectual PropertyIntellectual Property LitigationPatent Office LitigationPrivacy, Cybersecurity & Data Protection


Tel: 206.447.6282Fax: 206.749.1940


Foster Pepper Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, 2017

Pro Bono Award, Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington, 2017

Award of Merit, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 2014

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri John R. Essner Young Lawyer of the Year, 2011


J.D., University of Missouri School of Law – Columbia, 2009

  • Missouri Environmental Law and Policy, Associate Member
  • David Ray Trial Advocacy Award recipient
  • Roscoe Anderson Award for Excellence in Advocacy recipient

B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 2004

Bar Admissions

Washington, 2015

Missouri, 2009 (Inactive)

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2012

U.S. District Court

  • Western District of Washington, 2015
  • Eastern District of Missouri, 2009
  • Southern District of Illinois, 2012
  • Western District of Missouri, 2012

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • 9th Circuit
  • Federal Circuit


Foster Pepper PLLC

  • Member, 2017-Present
  • Associate, 2014-2016

Senniger Powers LLP

  • Associate, 2009-2014
  • Law Clerk, 2008-2009

U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kansas City, Missouri, Summer Associate, 2008

Office of Special Counsel, Washington, D.C., Intern, 2008

University of Missouri, Research Assistant for Professor Margaret McGuinness, 2008

Farmland Foods, Inc., Summer Associate, 2007

Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Mental Health Court, Kansas City Municipal Court, Volunteer, 2005-2006

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