Ms. Laura M. Burson is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Ms. Burson focuses on intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on patent law. She is a registered patent attorney, admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Laura has experience in all phases of litigation, including trials, arbitrations, and appeals involving intellectual property and technology-related matters. Her clients come from a diverse range of technology areas, such as medical devices, chemicals and chemical processes, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and computers. She has extensive trial experience, including representing clients in Inter Partes Review and Reexamination before the USPTO.
Laura is a mentor and thought leader, serving as both an officer and board member of the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA), as well as serving in other legal organizations, such as University of Southern California’s IP Institute. She is a co-founding chairperson of LAIPLA’s Women-In-IP committee. She is also active in pro bono matters and has served as a volunteer prosecutor in criminal jury trials.
- J.D., Loyola Law School, 1999, St. Thomas More Honor Society, Managing Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
- M.S., Biological Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, 1994
- B.A., Chemistry, Hendrix College, 1991
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- Currently representing Honeywell International Inc. in multiple proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board involving chemical patents.
- Currently representing Alembic Pharmaceuticals in a proceeding before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
- Represented Honeywell International Inc. in patent infringement suit involving a chemical manufacturing process. Favorable jury verdict on invalidity on three separate grounds.
- Represented LendingTree in an antitrust and patent infringement lawsuit involving a method and computer network for coordinating a loan over the Internet. Successfully defeated antitrust claims.
- Represented Medtronic in a patent infringement suit involving multiple patents covering spinal transplant technology. Favorable jury verdict of infringement and damages for Medtronic.
- Represented Amgen, Inc. in patent infringement suit involving a gene transcription factor. Case resolved favorably on summary judgment on grounds of non-infringement.
- President, 2018-Present, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (“LAIPLA”)
- Board Member, 2011-Present, LAIPLA
- Co-founder, LAIPLA’s Women in IP Committee
- Executive Committee Member, 2016-Present, USC Gould School of Law’s Intellectual Property Institute (“USC IP Institute”)
- Committee Member, 2013-Present, USC IP Institute
- The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
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