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.

Ms. Bunsow’s practice focuses on patent, copyright, trademark, trade secrets, and other intellectual property and technology-related matters.  She has worked with a variety of clients, ranging from artists, inventors, and startups to universities and Fortune 500 companies.  Ms. Bunsow has represented clients in a wide range of litigation in federal and state court.  In addition, she counsels clients on various issues such as their overall IP strategies, trademark and copyright registrations, and licensing negotiations. Ms. Bunsow was named to Best Lawyers’ list of “Ones to Watch” for 2023.

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.

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 attending live music events and discovering new artists, camping in the gorgeous wilderness of Southern California, cheering for Duke basketball, and spending time with her family and dog.


  • 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

Awards & Recognition

  • Named one of Best Lawyers’ “Ones to Watch” 2023
  • 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


  • Chiefs in Intellectual Property (ChIPs) (Member)
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel (Panel Attorney)


KI Metal Co., Ltd., et al v. Capri Holdings Limited, et al. Representing KI Metal Co. Ltd., a family-owned manufacturer of metal accessories for the fashion industry, in a two-patent case against former customer Michael Kors and related entities, alleging direct copying and counterfeiting of KI Metal’s patented eyelets by Michael Kors’ agents in China, and subsequent use in Michael Kors-branded handbags worldwide.  Matter is ongoing.

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.

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

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.

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.

Virentem Ventures, LLC v. YouTube, LLC; Google, LLC.  Currently representing Virentem in patent infringement case involving technology related to audio and video content presentation.

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.

Larry G. Philpot v. Alternet Media, Inc.  Represented concert photographer in case against media company involving allegations of copyright infringement and violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  Secured denial of the media company’s motion to dismiss; case terminated via dismissal.

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.)

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.)

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