Distinguished intellectual property lawyer to speak at law commencement

May 1, 2012 | Events, UToday
By Rachel Phipps


Christopher P. Bussert, a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP in Atlanta, will return to his alma mater to deliver the UT College of Law commencement address Sunday, May 6, at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.

Those 147 candidates eligible for law degrees in December 2011, May and August will march in the ceremony.

Miranda M. Vollmer, the 2011-12 Student Bar Association president, and Michael Z. Hohl, who will graduate summa cum laude, will address their peers during the event.

“Chris Bussert has gone far on his Toledo College of Law degree, but has not forgotten his alma mater,” said Daniel J. Steinbock, dean of the College of Law. “Despite an extremely busy law practice, he returns regularly to guest lecture and to advise our students. His journey from our classrooms to courtrooms all over the country is the perfect sendoff to our graduates as they start their own careers.”

Bussert, a 1983 graduate of the College of Law, has more than 25 years of experience helping clients such as Sony Music Entertainment Inc., Harley-Davidson Motor Co. and National Football League Properties Inc. protect and defend their assets and brands. He represents clients in trademark, copyright, unfair competition, franchise litigation and licensing matters.

He was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of franchise law and intellectual property law for 2012 and for the five years previous. He was listed in The Trademark Experts’ Experts, and was selected in World Trademark Review’s inaugural guide to the top 1,000 trademark practitioners in the world. Bussert also has been listed in the International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers and the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers by Law Business Research Ltd.

In addition, Bussert is the editor-in-chief of The Franchise Law Journal, an American Bar Association publication, and The Intellectual Property Strategist.

Bussert was the recipient of the 2010 University of Toledo College of Law Distinguished Alumnus Award.

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