Andrew L. Dunlap

Andrew L. Dunlap

Half Moon Bay, California
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Andrew joined HBW as an Associate in 2015 and transitioned to partner in 2020. Andrew’s practice includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in electrical, software and mechanical arts. He is also involved in drafting reports on patentability and invalidity opinion analyses. Andrew is appreciated for his tireless work ethic and easy-going nature. He is dedicated to listening to his clients and to understanding their technologies in order to help them find the novelty in their innovations.

Andrew has been involved in the preparation and prosecution of patents for both domestic and foreign clients in a wide range of technologies. A sampling of his experience includes electrical and semiconductor, health-related systems, computer systems, computer architecture, computer software, neural network and artificial intelligence, voice recognition, linguistics, automotive, database software, memory devices, navigation systems, plasma and LCD display systems, image sensors, digital and analog signal processing, data coding and decoding, optical systems, communications systems, wireless telecommunications, telecommunications systems, robotics systems, manufacturing and packaging systems, gaming systems, gesture recognition, user interfaces, consumer and industrial appliances, e-commerce systems, business method-related systems, medical devices/equipment, plumbing systems and lumber mill technology. By preparing and prosecuting patents in such a wide range of technologies, Andrew has developed the ability to quickly adapt to new technologies and to provide both pertinent and helpful advice.

Andrew has a passion for science and engineering, as well as new and emerging technologies. As a result, he is both effective and productive when working with inventors to take new ideas from conception, to patentable concept, to issued patent. Andrew is also experienced in negotiating efficiently with USPTO examiners, and is able to adapt to a multitude of personalities and communication styles.

Prior to joining HBW, Andrew served as an Associate at Wenderoth, Lind and Ponack, as well as at Jefferson IP, both located in Washington D.C. Andrew holds a J.D. from Whittier School of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude. During law school, Andrew focused on intellectual property law, served as Vice President of the Intellectual Property Society, and held a Summer Associate position at Young & Basile in Troy, MI. Andrew also holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University.

Andrew spent his pre-law career working at General Motors, where he served as a Project Engineer for a team involved with vehicle and controller simulation. As an undergraduate, Andrew was also employed by General Motors as a co-operative education student. Following General Motors, Andrew served as an Account Manager at dSPACE Inc., an engineering tools and services provider.

Andrew is admitted to the State Bar of the District of Columbia, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Areas of Practice

  • Patent

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 2006
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2007


  • Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, California
    • J.D. magna cum laude
    • Honors: Vice President of the Intellectual Property Society
  • Kettering University, General Motors Engineering & Management Institute, Flint, Michigan
    • Bachelor of Science
    • Major: Electrical Engineering

Past Employment Positions

  • Wenderoth, Lind and Ponack, Associate
  • Jefferson IP, Associate
  • dSPACE inc., Account Manager
  • General Motors, Warren, Michigan, Project Engineer
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