Education

  • The University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 2014)
  • The University of Oklahoma (B.S., Chemical Engineering, 2009)

Luke Burton is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP. Mr. Burton's practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and patent post-grant proceedings. Mr. Burton is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He was most recently a member of the Irell team that represented Israel-based software company Perion Network Ltd. in patent litigation and related inter partes review involving patents related to browser toolbar technology. The case settled shortly before oral hearing in the inter partes review proceeding.

Mr. Burton also maintains an active pro bono practice. His pro bono matters include winning a dramatic overhaul of Kern County's general assistance program on behalf of homeless and disabled residents unlawfully denied public assistance, and an ongoing landmark, first-of-its-kind class action lawsuit on behalf of students and teachers filed against the Compton Unified School District demanding it incorporate proven practices that address the adverse impact of childhood trauma on learning.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Burton is a member of the firm's Pro Bono Committee and is active in the Los Angeles legal community as a member of the Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court and the Bet Tzedek New Leadership Council.

Mr. Burton earned his J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Comment Editor of the University of Chicago Legal Forum. While in law school, he published The Preemptive Effect of Federal Communications Act §§ 201–02 Postdetariffing, 2013 U. Chi. Legal F. 563 (2013).

Prior to law school, Mr. Burton worked as a process engineer at a leading producer of specialty hydrocolloids. Mr. Burton earned his B.S., with Distinction, in Chemical Engineering from The University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society.

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Bar Admissions

  • 2014, California
  • 2015, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • 2015, U.S. District Court, Central District of California