Ben Alred is an associate in the Silicon Valley office of Latham & Watkins.

Mr. Alred advises clients on intellectual property and technology matters with an emphasis on patent litigation. He represents public and private companies in technology matters spanning a variety of industries, from life sciences to computer technology.

Mr. Alred has litigated matters involving a variety of high technology sectors, including semiconductors, telecommunications, optics, cybersecurity, data processing and analysis, Internet of Things (IoT) networking, medical devices, home automation, health and fitness devices, audio-visual media processing, social media advertising, and cloud networking technology.

Mr. Alred has experience in all aspects of intellectual property litigation before federal courts and the US International Trade Commission (ITC), including drafting dispositive motions and briefs, preparing critical expert reports, taking and defending key depositions of fact and expert witnesses, managing complex large-scale discovery, analyzing source code and design documentation, developing key technical arguments and defenses, preparing cases for trial, and negotiating favorable settlements to avoid trial.

Mr. Alred maintains an active pro bono practice, representing veterans with disabilities and individuals seeking asylum or visa status.

Mr. Alred received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was an editor of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal and the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry with an emphasis in computational science and a Bachelor of Science degree in political science with an emphasis in law and policy from the University of Houston.

Mr. Alred’s experience includes advising:

  • An exercise device manufacturer in federal court proceedings brought by a competing exercise device company alleging patent infringement based on remote exercise and health monitoring technology
  • A networking and telecommunications company in response to patent infringement allegations and demands from foreign competitor
  • A smart phone and mobile device manufacturer in federal court and ITC proceedings against allegations of patent infringement based on multimedia processing and IoT functionality*
  • A social media platform in federal court proceedings brought by a competing “software as a service” company against allegations of patent infringement based on targeted advertising technology*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • California


  • JD, University of Texas School of Law, 2018
    with honors
  • BS in Chemistry & Political Science, University of Houston, 2015
    magna cum laude