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Dustin H. Shunta

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  • Grand Rapids

    t. +1.616.752.2194

    f. +1.616.752.2500

  • Muskegon

    t. +1.616.752.2194

    f. +1.231.722.7116

Biography

Dustin Shunta is an intellectual property attorney who focuses on patent prosecution of domestic and foreign patents, and portfolio management for large clients. Well versed in electrical engineering and computer science, clients rely on Dustin’s experience and strategy to see their concepts come to life. He counsels large multi-national corporations, game designers, nonprofits, laboratories, innovative startups, advanced wireless and electronics companies. An avid video and board gamer himself, Dustin has created a niche practice advising renowned game designers. Through his reliable, responsive and down-to-earth approach, Dustin provides practical advice about how to obtain and protect intellectual property for a product, idea or concept. Dustin is versed in copyrights and has experience dealing with the complexities of various open source licensing issues. He enjoys the variety and uniqueness of every project – something that fuels his passion for his work and his extracurricular activities. A LEGO robotics coach for the Ross Park Elementary Robotics Team, Dustin competes with his team each year. 

Education

  • DePaul University J.D. 2004
  • Michigan State University B.S. 2001 Electrical Engineering
  • Michigan State University B.S. 2001 Computer Science

Admitted

  • 2004, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • 2006, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan

Experience

  • Assists large clientele in mapping and synthesizing their portfolios
  • Prepares and prosecutes domestic and foreign patent applications for electrical, electro-mechanical and computer-related patents, including wireless power technology, consumer electronics and a large variety of software applications
  • Prepares, files and prosecutes PCT and US National Stage patent applications
  • Coordinates foreign patent prosecution throughout the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Europe, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan and Thailand
  • Drafts non-infringement opinions and patentability opinions
  • Provides IP due diligence, licensing of patent rights, patent portfolio development and management of general intellectual property counseling to clients in a wide variety of technologies
  • Knowledgeable about Open Source software licensing and software development
  • Advises game designers on patents and legal issues

Honors & Awards

Publications

  • "Duty to disclose: Federal ruling could reshape patent application process," Michigan Lawyers Weekly, July 2, 2010

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

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