Lecturer in Law
Benjamin E. Marks is a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property & Media practice.
Mr. Marks has litigated a wide variety of intellectual property and other cases for clients such as The McGraw-Hill Companies, The Walt Disney Company, ABC, the Television Music License Committee, Morgan Stanley, and Bertelsmann. Mr. Marks has represented McGraw-Hill’s Standard & Poor’s subsidiary for many years in disputes concerning the unauthorized use of the S&P 500 Index as the basis of financial products, including most recently in Standard & Poor’s successful litigation against the International Securities Exchange and the Options Clearing Corporation to enjoin the unlicensed offering of options on the S&P 500. Mr. Marks also frequently represents music users such as television stations, television networks, and web site operators in connection with the acquisition of, and litigation over, rights to publicly perform musical compositions.
Mr. Marks has published articles on copyright, trademark, and the First Amendment in publications such as the New York University Law Review, Bright Ideas and the Journal of Proprietary Rights. He is a member of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., the Legal Advisory Committee of the Student Press Law Center, and the Lawyers Committee of the Association of American Publishers. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, a non-profit arts organization that teaches documentary filmmaking to New York City teens.
Mr. Marks graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his J.D. from New York University, where he served as an articles editor of the New York University Law Review.