Ben Holt

Ben Holt

Of Counsel
Salt Lake City, UT

About Ben

With technology industry experience combined with legal and business education, Ben Holt has a unique perspective enabling him to work with groups to produce results that make sense in the risk, legal, business and product realms.

Ben is a registered patent attorney who focuses his practice on privacy, risk, patent prosecution and intellectual property. He advises Fortune 500 companies, mid-size companies, foreign entities and start-ups on cutting edge privacy risks, becoming GDPR compliant, responses to the office for civil rights, global patent prosecution, and portfolio strategy including US and foreign applications. On a pro bono basis, Ben has acted as an “outside general counsel” for an international foundation seeking to cure Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia.

As a privacy attorney, Ben’s focus is on helping companies become compliant with the changing privacy landscape (including GDPR & California Consumer Privacy Act) and finding the value in their data while minimizing risk and disruption. By helping stakeholders focus on what brings value to the table (compliance, data, partners, etc.), Ben helps companies shed risk and costs while avoiding a substantial increase in business process slow-down.

As a patent attorney, Ben’s work has included cloud computing solutions, video games, digital fingerprinting and secure computing technologies - including platform technologies including storage, advertising, computing, access control and security.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Ben was an associate at a large international firm of more than 600 attorneys. He also served as an intern for Justice Durrant of the Utah Supreme Court (2007). In a prior career, Ben was formerly a project lead and embedded engineer in Salt Lake City. He gave two BOF presentations at JavaOne. Ben also enjoys programming, hacking items to increase functionality and teaching kids (business, programming, robotics and hacking).

Specialties: GDPR, California Consumer Privacy Act, privacy, hacking, cloud hardware, cloud software, distributed computing, medical devices, storage algorithms, emulation, embedded hardware, digital fingerprinting, java, ruby, linux and business administration.

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  • Co-wrote the Stoel Rives GDPR Gap Analysis Tool.
  • Co-wrote the Stoel Rives GDPR Gap Analysis Report.
  • Created the Stoel Rives GDPR Graphical Gap Analysis Summary.
  • Drafted many GDPR-compliant privacy policies.
  • Advised many clients about GDPR compliance regarding specific web-tracking tech, remarketing tech and cookies.
  • Drafted GDPR-compliant affiliate data transfer agreements.
  • Drafted many data-processing addendums for GDPR.
  • Drafted many policies for GDPR compliance, including incident response, legal-regulator response, security policy and many others.
  • Advised regarding Office of Civil Rights response for data breach.
  • Depth of knowledge in 5G, LTE and wireless communication.
  • Depth of knowledge in security technologies, including encryption, network technologies and cloud computing.
  • Prosecution of over 500 patent applications in the U.S., Europe, China, Japan, Taiwan and other worldwide locations.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Int’l Assoc. of Privacy Professionals Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation), Mountain States Super Lawyers®, 2018
  • Andrew Guy Pro Bono Award for Extraordinary Service, 2018
  • Utah State Bar Outstanding Mentor Award, 2017
  • Pro Bono Service Club Award, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, 2013
  • Outside General Counsel (pro bono), HHT Foundation, 2011-present
  • Sub-Committee Chair, IP and Internet Law, ABA Young Lawyers, 2012
  • Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Cyberlaw Section, Utah State Bar, 2010-2012
  • Founder of Utah iSymposium (Formerly Utah Cyber Symposium), 2012
  • Steering Committee Cyberlaw Section of Utah State Bar, 2010-present
  • CTO, Utah Genius Awards Show, 2009-2011
  • Finalist, Utah Entrepreneurial Challenge, 2008
  • Member, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society in Business, 2008
  • Lassonde Associate, University of Utah Technology Commercialization, 2007-2008

Civic Activities

  • Secretary of the Board of Directors, Cure HHT, 2018-present
  • Head of Program of WatchDOGS (Dads Of Great Students) at Sunrise Elementary, 2018-present
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Cure HHT, 2016-present
  • FIRST Lego League Coach, Bionic Porcupines, 2015-present
    • 3rd in World for Robot Design in Houston (Out of 32,000+ Teams), 2018
    • US President’s Environmental Youth Award for Bird Scare Device at Airports, 2017
    • Top Robot Score in Utah from 200+ Teams, 2016
  • Volunteer Teacher, Junior Achievement USA, 2011-Present
  • Volunteer of the Year, North Davis Preparatory Academy, 2011
  • Marketing Chair, Board of Directors, Salt Lake Choral Artists
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Live Hack: Even an 11 Year Old Can Do It,” iSymposium 2018
  • “Overview of IP for MGMT 6910,” Utah Valley University, 2016-2018
  • “EU Privacy Background for GDPR,” Utah State Bar CLE, 2017
  • “State of the ’Net,” Keynote, Utah Bar Spring Convention, 2015
  • “Your Multifamily Cyber Security Playbook,” Panel, National Apartment Association 2016
  • “Risk Assessment of Making BYOD Decisions,” Cyberlaw Section of Utah State Bar, 2016
  • “EU to US Data Transfer,” Utah State Bar CLE, 2016
  • “Privacy Risks of Emerging Technologies,” Enterprise Risk Management Symposium, 2016
  • “Hacking Isn’t Hard, Basic Prevention Isn’t Either – A Live Hack Demo,” Information Governance Conferences (Boise, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland), 2015
  • “Does EU Data Transfer Affect Me & What Should I Do About It?” Cyberlaw Section of Utah State Bar, 2015
  • “State of the Net,” I-Symposium, Cyberlaw Section, Utah State Bar, 2010-2014
  • “Tips and Tricks to Effective Patent Drafting,” ABA CLE Webinar, 2012
  • “Resume Tips,” U Law Today, University of Utah, 2012
  • “Ethical Internet Marketing and SEO 101,” Utah State Bar, 2010
  • Panelist, “Issues in Telecommunications,” Summer Convention, Utah State Bar, 2009
  • “Comparison of Planar vs. SPECT Images for Lesion Detectability,” Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 2002

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