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Dustin H. Shunta

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  • Grand Rapids

    t. +1.616.752.2194

    f. 616.752.2500

  • Muskegon

    t. +1.616.752.2194

    f. +1.616.222.2194


From his very first day in law school Dustin Shunta knew he wanted to be a patent attorney. He spent his formative years tinkering with computers -- including building them and writing software -- then earned undergraduate degrees in computer science and electrical engineering. Now he specializes in filing and prosecuting patent applications for electrical and software inventions. "I love my work," says Dustin, who stays on top of new case law and other developments in the IP world. "On a regular basis inventors explain to me how cutting-edge technology works -- it is geek paradise."


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


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

Bar Associations

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


  • 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
  • Knowledgable about Open Source software licensing and software development

Honors & Awards


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


Professional Affiliations

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

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