Benjamin Lockyer

Benjamin Lockyer
Direct: 312.987.2925
Office: Chicago



B.A., History with minors in Economics and Asian Studies
University of Arizona

J.D., Chicago Law School
University of Illinois

Benjamin Lockyer is an attorney in Greer Burns and Crain Ltd.’s Chicago Office. He focuses his practice on trademark and patent litigation, and is a member of GBC’s anti-counterfeiting and online trademark enforcement team.

Ben is a member of the Northern District of Illinois’ Trial Bar and has successfully first chaired several jury trials and dispositive motion hearings in state and federal court. He also possesses extensive experience in depositions and motion practice, and has won numerous motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment.

Prior to joining GBC, Ben served the State of Illinois as an Assistant Attorney General in the Organized Retail Crime Taskforce and Special Prosecutions Bureau. In these roles, he worked with the federal and state agencies to develop investigations and prosecute financial crimes, money laundering, fencing operations, retail and pharmaceutical supply-chain breaches, and the illegal sale of counterfeit goods and misbranded pharmaceutical drugs.

Ben attended the University of Illinois Chicago Law School and graduated with certificates from UIC’s nationally ranked intellectual property and trial advocacy programs. As a law student, he was a judicial extern for the Honorable Thomas M. Durkin in the Northern District of Illinois. Ben also competed in the Saul Lefkowitz trademark moot court competition and was the Lead Articles Editor for the Review of Intellectual Property Law.

Prior to law school, Ben attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and minors in Economics and Asian Studies.

Specialties and Experience

  • Patent, trademark, copyright, and unfair competition litigation
  • Analysis of supply-chain integrity and anti-theft prevention
  • Conduct and develop internal investigations for criminal prosecution

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • Trial Bar Member
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Intellectual Property Law Association Chicago (IPLAC)
  • The Chicago Bar Association
    • Intellectual Property Law Young Lawyers Section, Chair (2019-2022)
  • The Richard Linn American Inn of Court


  • Author, Trying on Trade Dress: Using Trade to Protect the Look and Feel of Video Games, 17 Rev. of Intell. Prop. L. 109 (2017)
  • Co-Author, Patent Pilot Program Perspectives: Judicial Opinions on the Patent Litigation in the Northern District of Illinois, 17 Rev. of Intell. Prop. L. 348 (2017)