Laura Burson is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office.
Areas of Practice
Laura 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 represents clients in all phases of litigation, including trials, arbitrations and appeals involving intellectual property and technology-related matters. Her clients come from technology areas such as medical devices, chemicals and chemical processes, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and computers. She is particularly experienced in trial matters, 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.
- 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.
- Currently representing Lattice Semiconductor Corp. in patent litigation involving HDMI technology. Case pending.
- Currently representing Exeltis USA Dermatology, Inc., in trade secret misappropriation case involving prenatal nutritional supplements.
- Represented Honeywell International Inc. in patent infringement suit involving a chemical manufacturing process. Favorable jury verdict on invalidity on three separate grounds.
- Represented SecurityPoint Holdings, Inc., in patent litigation relating to security checkpoint systems. All claims of SecurityPoint's patent upheld after trial. Case pending.
- 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 Ramsoft Inc. in copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriations and breach of contract case involving medical software. Case settled favorably.
- Represented Medtronic in a patent infringement suit involving multiple patents covering spinal transplant technology. Favorable jury verdict of infringement and damages for Medtronic.
- Represented Activision, Inc., in a number of matters involving patents, trade secrets, copyrights and unfair competition. Matters settled favorably.
- Represented Covidien (Mallinckrodt Inc.) in patent infringement suit involving medical equipment. Case settled favorably just before closing arguments in jury trial.
- Represented Amgen, Inc., in patent infringement suit involving a gene transcription factor. Case resolved favorably on summary judgment on grounds of non-infringement
- Represented Apple Computer, Inc., in patent infringement suits involving Apple iPod and other Apple portable digital media players. Case settled favorably.
- Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2019-2020
- Intellectual Property Trailblazer, The National Law Journal, 2018
- Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2018-2020
- Top Women Lawyers, Daily Journal, 2016
- Women Leaders in Tech Law, The Recorder, 2015
- "A.C. Aukerman and the Federal Circuit: What is the Standard of Review for a Summary Judgment Ruling on Laches or Equitable Estoppel?" Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, Vol. 32, No. 3, April 1999
- Law360, 10.31.2016
- DC Circuit Awards Attorneys’ Fees to SecurityPoint for Illegal and Improper Unilateral Decisions by the Transportation Security AdministrationMetropolitan Corporate Counsel, 09.08.2016
- Top Women LawyersDaily Journal, 04.20.2016
- Daily Journal, 02.17.2016
- Women Leaders in Tech Law: Laura Burson, Sheppard MullinThe Recorder, 09.25.2015
- Sheppard Mullin - Los Angeles, 11.14.2019
- Sheppard Mullin, 10.22.2019
- President, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA), 2018-Present
- Board Member, LAIPLA, 2011-Present
- Co-Founder, Women in IP Committee, LAIPLA
- Executive Committee Member, USC Gould School of Law’s Intellectual Property Institute (USC IP Institute), 2016-Present
- Committee Member, USC IP Institute, 2013-Present
- Member, Intellectual Property Division, American Bar Association
- Member, American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
- Member, The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
- Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
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
- Externed with the Honorable Stephen V. Wilson of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- District of Columbia
- 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 Federal Claims
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office