J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 2015, magna cum laude
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
Bar & Court Admissions
Illinois U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
University of Illinois College of Law
- Recipient of CALI awards in Patent Prosecution and International IP Law
- Honors in Legal Research
Donald R. “Bob” Bunton is a registered patent attorney whose intellectual property law practice currently encompasses patent preparation and prosecution, IP transactions, product clearance and legal opinions, IP due diligence and competitive assessments, international IP protection, and patent post-issuance proceedings. With a background in aerospace engineering and programming, Bob works with technical areas including electronics, computer software and hardware, and mechanical engineering.
Before joining Fitch Even, Bob served as a summer associate at an IP law firm in Indiana, where he prepared office action responses, provisionals, and patent applications. In addition, Bob assisted with patent defense work.
While attending the University of Illinois College of Law, Bob worked as an analyst at the university’s Office of Technology Management, where he researched patentability of invention disclosures, prepared provisional applications, assisted with licensing agreements and research grant contracts, and made recommendations on IP protection. Prior to law school, Bob did electrical engineering work as a systems engineer for a global manufacturer of machine tools.