About the Authors

AuthorChristopher P. Bussert - James R. Sims III
About the Authors
CHRISTOPHER P. BUSSERT (U.S. Trademark Chapter) See editor bio.
MARTIN R. BADER (Patent Chapter) is a partner with Sheppard, Mullin,
Richter & Hampton, LLP, in San Diego (Del Mar) California. He is an intel-
lectual property litigator with extensive experience litigating highly com-
plex patent cases, as well as cases involving standard essential patents
and FRAND commitments to SSOs. He has obtained numerous victories for
high-technology clients at trial and on summary judgment in the district
courts throughout the United States. He also has significant experience in
conducting post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark
Office (USPTO), including as lead counsel in inter partes reviews (IPRs) and
ex parte reexaminations. In 2015, he was named as one of the “Top Attorneys
in the PTAB” for his IPR filings, including having 17 out of 17 IPRs success-
fully instituted by the PTAB. Mr. Bader is also a registered patent attorney
and counsels clients on intellectual property protection strategies, and
prosecutes for patents applications and trademark registrations before the
USPTO. He has an electrical engineering degree from California Polytechnic
State University, San Luis Obispo, and a J.D. from University of San Diego.
LAURA M. BURSON (Patent Chapter) is a partner in the Intellectual Property
Practice Group of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP, in Los Angeles,
California, and coleader of the firm’s Hatch-Waxman and Biosimilars Team.
She has served as lead counsel for some of the nation’s biggest tech compa-
nies and focuses her practice on patent litigation and post-grant proceedings
before the USPTO. Ms. Burson is also a registered patent attorney who coun-
sels clients on intellectual property protection strategies and related issues.
Her clients come from a broad range of technology areas, including medical
devices, chemicals and chemical processes, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals,
computers, and other technologies. She is a mentor and thought leader, serving
as an officer and board member for the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law
Association (LAIPLA) as well as serving on University of Southern California’s
IP Institute Planning Committee. She was recently named to The Recorder’s
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