Speakers / Authors:
Judge Cathy Bissoon
Judge Cathy Bissoon was nominated to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania by President Barack Obama on November 17, 2010 and was confirmed by the Senate on October 17, 2011. She received her commission on October 19, 2011, and was sworn in as a district judge on October 20, 2011. With her appointment, Judge Bissoon became the first Hispanic female Article III judge in Pennsylvania, the first Asian American Article III judge in Pennsylvania and the first South Asian American female Article III judge in the United States.
Following law school, Judge Bissoon joined Reed Smith’s Pittsburgh office as an associate. In 1994, she took a year-long “sabbatical” from private practice, during which she clerked for the Honorable Gary L. Lancaster of this Court. In 1995, Judge Bissoon returned to Reed Smith where she ultimately became a partner and the firm-wide head of the Employment Group.
Judge Bissoon also served as Reed Smith’s Director of Diversity for six years, earning various accolades for her efforts to increase diversity within the legal profession. Most notably, Judge Bissoon was recognized for her many efforts in the area of diversity with the Honorable Thurgood Marshall award from Minorities in Business Magazine during its 2006 Multicultural Prism Awards ceremony.
In 2007, Judge Bissoon joined the Pittsburgh law firm of Cohen & Grigsby, where she was a director and served as the head of the Labor & Employment Group.
Shortly thereafter, Judge Bissoon was selected by the Board of Judges of the Western District of Pennsylvania to serve as a United States Magistrate Judge. She was sworn in on August 1, 2008. Judge Bissoon, who is both Hispanic and Indian, became the first woman of color to sit on the federal bench in Pittsburgh, and the first woman of South Asian descent to sit on a federal bench in the United States.
Judge Bissoon also sits as one of the Court’s designated patent judges and is one of the founding members of the Q. Todd Dickinson Intellectual Property American Inn of Court. The Dickinson Inn provides a unique opportunity for members to hone their legal skills in a social setting with no agenda other than collegiality and with a shared interest in professionalism and excellence. It also provides an opportunity for younger lawyer and student members to gain experience and insight from member judges and experienced lawyers from among the best of the Pittsburgh IP community. In 2012, Judge Bissoon was elected the first president of Dickinson Inn.
Over the course of her years in private practice, Judge Bissoon was named a Fellow of the Litigation Council of America; listed multiple years in the Best Lawyers in America; named a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” by Philadelphia Magazine; listed in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers; and was recognized as one of the top 50 lawyers in Pennsylvania under the age of 40 by Pennsylvania Law Weekly. Additionally, she served on both the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the Third Judicial Circuit as well as the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Judge Bisson received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Alfred University in 1990 and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1993.
Brian Busey is a partner in Morrison & Foerster LLP’s Intellectual Property Group. Mr. Busey’s practice focuses on complex intellectual property matters—particularly those before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).He has litigated more than 30 Section 337 cases before the ITC and has served as the president of the ITC’s Trial Lawyers Association.
In addition to his active ITC practice, Mr. Busey has handled cross-border patent, trademark, and trade secret disputes in federal district court and before alternative dispute resolution tribunals. He also has counseled clients concerning intellectual property licensing issues and represented airports and airport proprietors in major administrative and court litigation.
Mr. Busey is a frequent speaker and author, both in the U.S. and in Asia, on ITC practice and procedure. He has been recognized as a leader in the ITC and intellectual property litigation practice by Chambers USA (2013–2016), Chambers Global (2014–2016), Legal 500 US (2011–2016), Best Lawyers in America (2010–2017), and IAM Patent 1000 (2014–2016). He was recognized as the top lawyer in Washington, D.C. for intellectual property by the Washington Business Journal (2009).
Mr. Busey received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1982, where he was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. He Received his M.A. in 1976 and his B.A. in 1974, both from Georgetown University.
Aaron Nathan is a partner at Tensegrity Law Group LLP. He has plaintiff and defense experience in patent and contract litigation. In addition to practicing in U.S. district courts, he has contributed to successful representations before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. His practice involves a broad range of technologies, including computer hardware and software, network technology, computer security, mobile payment technologies, location technology, wireless communications, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.
Before joining Tensegrity Law Group in 2012, Mr. Nathan was law clerk to the Honorable Richard Linn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to his clerkship, he was an associate at Durie Tangri LLP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Mr. Nathan received his J.D. in 2007 from Stanford Law, his PhD in 2003 from U.C. Berkeley, his M.A. in 2000 from U.C. Berkeley, and his B.A. in 1999 from University of Michigan.
Steven G. Spears
Steven G. Spears is partner-in-charge of the Houston office of the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery where he represents clients on all aspects of intellectual property controversies. He focuses his practice on patent, trade secret and other technology-related litigation in the chemical, biotechnology, telecommunications and oilfield services industries.
Mr. Spears has litigated matters in numerous U.S. jurisdictions and arbitration proceedings, and has assisted in many parallel foreign actions. In addition, he counsels clients in inter partes reviews, intellectual property enforcement, freedom to operate and licensing issues. Steven earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
Mr. Spear’s litigation experience includes the following, patent infringement, lead counsel in many inter partes reviews, trade secrets, IP due diligence and FTO review, arbitration of intellectual property agreements, and commercial disputes
Mr. Spear’s received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Texas School of Law in 1991, and his B.A., cum laude, in Chemistry in 1988.