Emily S. DiBenedetto

Emily focuses her practice on complex technology litigation, including patent infringement, licensing, and trade secrets. Antitrust, privacy, and regulatory issues are ancillary to her practice.

Before practicing law, Emily worked as a chemical engineer in the energy sector, during which she became a co-inventor on several patents related to commercial scale biorefining. As an engineer, she assisted in-house counsel in prosecuting patents and trademarks.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and minor in Entrepreneurship from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In addition to the traditional chemical engineering program, she undertook supplemental coursework in mechanical engineering and systems engineering. She collaborated on robotics projects during internships at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Also involved with the community, she was president of the UMBC Chapter of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, during which she coordinated an educational event for students from nearly 30 middle schools.

While in university, she co-authored three papers on material science research and presented her team’s research on a novel semiconductor material at an international industry conference. Out of her passion for innovation, she also conducted numerous independent research projects. One of these projects, on machine vision, resulted in several awards, a presentation at the National Science Foundation, and a presentation at an international industry conference. A second project, also related to machine vision, was ranked in the top 10% of hundreds of submissions in an international idea competition. Her other independent research topics include experiments in multi-material rapid manufacturing, artificial neural network (ANN) tuning, optical sensors, and process control.

In law school, Emily was a Staff Editor and Associate Comments Editor of the University of Baltimore Law Review. Emily led the Intellectual Property Law Society as its President for two years. Emily also led a three-person team to win First Prize in the USPTO’s Regional Patent Application Drafting Competition. Emily acted as a teaching assistant in several classes. During her work as a Student Attorney in the Legal Data and Design Clinic (LDDC) at University of Baltimore, she conducted legal research and developed technical solutions that made big data accessible to attorney clients, contributed to the LDDC Blog, and testified in the Maryland House Judiciary Committee.