Donald R. Dunner has had significant success overturning jury and other verdicts handed down by lower district courts, and has earned the reputation of being one of the finest litigators in the country. The New York Times reported that he has argued more Federal Circuit cases than any other litigator in the United States.
Don has worked in all phases of patent law, including prosecution, licensing, litigation, validity and infringement studies, and counseling. He has vast technical experience in chemical engineering, chemistry, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals.
Don has litigated numerous cases in the federal district courts and is best known for appellate practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and its predecessor court, the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals. He has argued more than 165 appeals before the Federal Circuit.
Don served as chairman of the Advisory Committee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for the first ten years of the court’s existence and participated in the drafting of the Court’s rules. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Noble J. Johnson, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals.
He is a former examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Don serves as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law, teaching a course on Federal Circuit practice.
Over the course of Don’s distinguished career, he has received numerous recognitions and prestigious awards. These include the “Samuel E. Gates Litigation Award” from the American College of Trial Lawyers for making a significant contribution to the improvement of the litigation process.
Don was one of only nine law firm lawyers to have received the award since its inception in 1980. He was inducted into Intellectual Asset Magazines IP Hall of Fame, and he has received lifetime achievement awards from the Linn Inn Alliance, the American Lawyer, and The Sedona Conference®, among others. Don is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Additional notable accolades include being named by the Legal Times as one of 30 visionaries who helped shape the legal community in Washington, D.C., and by the National Law Journal as one of three of the decade’s most influential lawyers in intellectual property; being inducted into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers; and receiving the American Bar Association’s Mark T. Banner Award, the Hispanic National Bar Association’s IP Jurisprudence Award, and the NJIPL Jefferson Medal.
- Georgetown University Law Center J.D., 1958
- Purdue University B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1953
- U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, Hon. Noble J. Johnson
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- Supreme Court of the United States
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Professional Activities :
- ABA Board of Governors (2014-2017)
- American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (2004-present)
- ABA House of Delegates (2002-2017)
- American College of Trial Lawyers (1995-present)
- American Bar Association (chair of Section of Intellectual Property Law, 1995-1996)
- American Intellectual Property Law Association (president, 1979-1980)
- District of Columbia Bar (chair of Steering Committee, Div. 14, 1976-1977)
- Bar Association of the District of Columbia (chair of Section on Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law, 1964-1965)
- Bar of Association of the District of Columbia (Board of Directors, 1965-1966)
- National Council of Patent Law Associations (secretary, 1963-1966)
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