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  • University of Dayton, B.Ch.E. chemical engineering
  • University of Dayton School of Law, J.D.
  • The George Washington University Law School, LL.M., highest honors


  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Benjamin Christoff

 Associate Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.688.3515
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Benjamin Christoff is an associate in Crowell & Moring's Intellectual Property Group.

Ben has substantial trial and appellate experience, and focuses his practice on commercial litigation involving technology. Ben has litigated cases in various district and appellate courts, as well as the U.S. International Trade Commission. His cases have involved a wide array of technologies, including medical devices, clarifying agents, computer networking and storage, countertop materials, near field communication, and others. Ben also maintains an active pro bono docket of veterans’ benefits, immigration, and parole hearing cases.

Before joining the firm, Ben devoted a year to litigation counseling and arbitration alongside retired Chief Judge Rader of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Ben also completed several judicial internships, including with the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender of the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Honorable Thomas M. Rose of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (retired), and the Honorable Herbert L. Stern (retired) of the Civil Division, 2d Judicial District, Denver County, CO.

Ben is an award-winning commentator on patent law issues. He is a co-author of the popular Patent Law In a Nutshell book, and has authored a number of other IP law related publications. He also speaks on IP law issues, and for example has guest lectured for the George Washington University Patent Law course.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Lessons from the RF Microneedling Products ITC Case," Washington, D.C. (June 18, 2019). Speakers: Benjamin Christoff and Emily Tucker.
  • "U.S. Intellectual Property Update: Congress, Courts, and USPTO," Washington, DC (October 24, 2018). Speaker: Benjamin Christoff.
  • "Update on the PTAB," Ahmedabad, India (October 2, 2018). Speaker: Benjamin Christoff.
  • "The U.S. Patent System," Ahmedabad, India (October 1, 2018). Speaker: Benjamin Christoff.
  • "Trends in E-Commerce and Business Method Patents," Beijing, China (June 9, 2018). Speaker: Benjamin Christoff.
  • "The Current U.S. Patent Landscape," Beijing, China (June 8, 2018). Speaker: Benjamin Christoff.
  • "The Current U.S. Patent Landscape," Shenzhen, China (June 5, 2018). Speaker: Benjamin Christoff.