Hillary Bunsow

Hillary Bunsow

Senior Associate & Pro Bono Coordinator

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Hillary Bunsow is a Senior Associate based out of Los Angeles, California. Her practice focuses on commercial and intellectual property-related disputes and counseling.  She works with clients of all types, ranging from artists, inventors, and startups to universities and major corporations.

Ms. Bunsow represents clients in patent, copyright, trademark, trade secrets, contracts, and unfair competition disputes.  In addition, she counsels clients on various issues including contract drafting and negotiation; patent monetization, licensing, and enforcement; trademark clearance and registrations, brand protection, and domain names; copyright clearance, registrations, and enforcement; and trade secret protection.

Ms. Bunsow is also the Firm’s Pro Bono Coordinator and has an extensive pro bono practice of her own.  She was a recipient of the Safe Haven Award from Immigration Equality for her work securing asylum for a Russian LGBTQ+ client, and the California Lawyers Association Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for her work on projects supporting gender and racial equity and LGBTQ+ rights. Ms. Bunsow has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and was named to Best Lawyers’ list of “Ones to Watch” for 2023.

Prior to joining Bunsow De Mory, Ms. Bunsow was a litigation associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and an in-house attorney for prominent entertainment companies.

In her free time Ms. Bunsow enjoys spending time with her family and dog, attending concerts and discovering new artists, camping in the gorgeous wilderness of Southern California, snowboarding, and cheering for Duke basketball.


  • Duke University, J.D., cum laude
  • Claremont McKenna College, B.A., International Relations and Spanish, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Delaware

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers’ “Ones to Watch” 2023
  • Super Lawyers “Rising Star”
  • Immigration Equality Safe Haven Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Representation
  • California Lawyers Association Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services


  • California Copyright Conference, panel speaker


  • Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA) (Committee Member)
  • Chiefs in Intellectual Property (ChIPs) (Member)
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel (Panel Attorney)
  • Duke Law Alumni Association


ViaTech Technologies, Inc. v. Adobe Inc.  Currently representing ViaTech in patent infringement case involving revolutionary digital file licensing and anti-piracy technologies.

Virentem Ventures, LLC v. YouTube, LLC; Google, LLC.  Currently representing Virentem in patent infringement case involving technology related to audio and video content presentation. In related inter partes review proceeding, filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States.

KI Metal Co., Ltd., et al v. Capri Holdings Limited, et al. Represented KI Metal Co. Ltd., a family-owned manufacturer of metal accessories for the fashion industry, in a patent infringement case against former customer Michael Kors, alleging direct copying of KI Metal’s patented eyelets by Michael Kors and subsequent use in Michael Kors-branded handbags worldwide.  Matter settled.

Daedalus Blue LLC v. Microsoft Corp.  Represented Daedalus in patent infringement case involving groundbreaking improvements to cloud infrastructure, cloud management, network security, database management, data processing, and data management.

Diatek Licensing LLC v. Udemy, Inc. Represented a leading and publicly-traded online course provider against claims of patent infringement in a two-patent case related to streaming video technologies.

Theta IP, LLC v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.  BDIP successfully asserted core mobile phone battery savings patents invented by world-renowned Columbia Professor Yannis Tsividis against Samsung in the Western District of Texas.  After defeating the dozen-plus dispositive motions that Samsung filed throughout the case and in pretrial proceedings, BDIP achieved a very favorable resolution on what was to be the first day of trial, as the jury was en route to the courthouse for jury selection.

Zadro Products, Inc. v. Feit Electric Company, Inc.  Defended Feit Electric against allegations of patent infringement in case involving lighted beauty mirrors.  Secured favorable claim construction ruling and summary judgment regarding patent marking. Case terminated via stipulated dismissal.

Image Processing Technologies, LLC v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.  Represented Image Processing Technologies in patent infringement case involving facial recognition technology.  The case settled favorably on the eve of trial.

Allergan Inc. v. Athena Cosmetics Inc.  Obtained summary judgment and a permanent injunction on behalf of Allergan in consolidated patent and unfair competition case against several entities selling eyelash growth drugs in competition with Allergan.  On appeal, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment and injunction rulings, with a modification to the geographic scope of the injunction.  (Prior work at a previous firm.)

Sumfinidade Unipessoal LDA v. AngelHack CorpCurrently defending AngelHack, a global leader in software developer relations and marketing, against allegations of copyright infringement by a photographer.

Nonprofit Organization.  Defended a nonprofit organization against allegations of copyright infringement by a photographer related to social media posts.  Helped the client avoid litigation and secured a favorable resolution for the client mere months after the dispute arose.

CraftShack, Inc. v. Craft Lounge LLC.  Defended Craft Lounge against allegations of copyright infringement in case involving photographs of beer bottles and cans.  Secured favorable settlement less than five months after the case was filed.

Photographer.  Represented a photographer in protecting rights in his well-known photographs of musicians in concert. Negotiated numerous amicable licenses and agreements, and filed several copyright infringement lawsuits against infringers resulting in favorable settlements.

CBS Broadcasting, Inc. v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.  Represented CBS in copyright and trade secret case involving reality television programming.  (Prior work at a previous firm.)

Confidential Counseling Matters. Numerous representations: counseled clients regarding brand strategy, trademark applications and registrations, and disputes with parties in the same or adjacent industries; negotiated resolutions.

Coalition Inc. v. John Loeber and Alex Becker.  Defended founders of cyber insurance startup against allegations of trade secret misappropriation brought by their previous employer in San Francisco County Superior Court.  Matter settled favorably.

CBS Broadcasting, Inc. v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.  Represented CBS in copyright and trade secret case involving reality television programming.  (Prior work at a previous firm.)

Action Ship Tech, Inc. v. Victor Yang, et al.  Currently representing Action Ship, an Extended Reality (XR) Digital Arts Agency startup, in breach of contract dispute brought against former clients in Los Angeles Superior Court relating to website, software, and mobile app design and development.

Confidential Commercial Disputes.  Numerous representations of clients in disputes involving breach of contract, contract-adjacent, and unfair competition claims.  Often able to negotiate resolutions and avoid litigation.

Kim Center for Social Balance.  Assisted nonprofit organization accelerating equal status for all genders, races, and ethnicities in the workplace with drafting and negotiating independent contractor agreements, NDAs, and MOUs related to organization’s LEAPS Program.

Confidential CounselingAdvise clients on contractual agreements and business partnerships, including drafting and negotiating contracts.

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