Attorney Bio

Philip Burrus worked with Motorola, Inc. from 1997 through 2005. Serving as Senior Patent Counsel, he was solely responsible for the intellectual property prosecution and portfolio management of the Energy Systems Group, a $700 million business. In 2005, to answer the needs of in-house counsel across Atlanta, he founded the Burrus Intellectual Property Law Group.

He has extensive experience with intellectual property prosecution, as well as portfolio development and management, for businesses both small and large. With degrees in engineering, business and law, as well as experience as an entrepreneur, he brings a broad and dynamic perspective to intellectual property issues. He is licensed to practice in Georgia, North Carolina, Washington, D.C. and before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

He was named a "Rising Star" in 2010, 2011, and 2012 and a "Super Lawyer" in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 by Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, and previously served as the Chairman of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

Legal and Business Experience:

  • 2005-Present
    Principal, Burrus Intellectual Property Law Group, LLC
  • 2004-2005
    Senior Patent Attorney, Motorola, Inc.
  • 2000-2004
    Patent Counsel, Motorola, Inc.
  • 1997-2000
    Electrical Engineer, Motorola, Inc.
  • 1995-1997
    Design Engineer, Schlumberger Industries
  • 1993-1998
    Founder, Vice President, Concept IV, Inc.


Juris Doctor
Emory University

Master of Business Administration
Goizueta Business School, Emory University

Master of Electrical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Master of Agriculture, Agronomy and Soils
Auburn University

Bachelor of Electrical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Winemaker's Certificate
University of California at Davis

Professional Activities


  • Chairman, Equine Law Section, State Bar of Georgia (2020-2021,2021-2022)
  • Chairman, Intellectual Property Section, State Bar of Georgia (2012-2013)
  • Member, 11th Circuit Advisory Committee, American Inns of Court (2013-2022)
  • Achieving Excellence Chair, Executive Committee, Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court (2016-2022)
  • Barristers' Representative, Executive Committee, Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court (2011-2016)
  • Founder, Chief Financial Officer, Southeastern Sommelier Society (2016-Present)
  • Chair Elect, Intellectual Property Section of Georgia Bar (2011-2012)
  • Vice Chair, Intellectual Property Section of Georgia Bar (2010-2011)
  • Secretary, Intellectual Property Section of Georgia Bar (2009-2010)
  • Treasurer, Intellectual Property Section of Georgia Bar (2008-2009)
  • Chairman, Patent Committee of Georgia Bar (2005-2006;2006-2007;2007-2008)
  • Chairman, In-House IP Committee of Georgia Bar (2004-2005)
  • Executive Committee Member, IP Section of Georgia Bar (2004-2014)
  • Member of Georgia, North Carolina and Washington DC Bar Associations
  • Inaugural Member, Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court
  • Member AIPLA


  • Certified Sommelier, accredited by the Court of Master Sommeliers
  • Diploma in Wines and Spirits (dipWSET), accredited by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust
  • Certified Specialist of Wine, accredited by Society of Wine Educators
  • Authorized G.O.L.F. Instructor (GSEM), accredited by The Golfing Machine
  • Presiding Partner, Ramblin' Reck Syndicate Investment Club
  • Pro Bono counsel for W.R.E.K., 91.1 FM
  • Volunteer counsel for Georgia Lawyers for the Arts

Support and Administrative Staff

Our support staff offers years of operational expertise and extensive experience in intellectual property, primarily in the area of patents and trademarks. Our docketing department offers world-class docketing expertise, as is evident from our client log-in portal, where every client has instant access to their files, both on mobile devices and via any web browser. Additionally, we have in-house experience, with a special focus on docketing, case management, client support, and innovation disclosure systems. We are incredibly fortunate to have staff with experience in patent litigation, trademark prosecution, and client management.