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Robert M. (Bob) Hunter, Ph.D., has extensive experience in all aspects of innovation and technology transfer. He has prepared invention disclosures to obtain the very best patent protection, and taken the results through product and process development and technology marketing. The depth of his experience and education ensures that his clients reap the maximum rewards from their intellectual property.


Dr. Hunter has been preparing, filing and prosecuting patent applications for inventors and innovative organizations for over 20 years.  The subject matter of those applications have spanned the technical fields of software, biotechnology, hydraulics, electronics and materials processing.  The types of patent applications he has prepared have included provisional U.S. applications, regular U.S. applications, international (Patent Cooperation Treaty) applications and non-U.S. (foreign) applications.  Prosecution of these applications have included the preparation of amendments, petitions, appeal briefs and reply briefs.  Dr. Hunter's innovative approach to writing patent claims has maximized the value of the patents that have issued from the applications he has prepared and prosecuted.

Dr. Hunter is also experienced in obtaining seed capital for research and development from Government grant programs. He has obtained and served as Principal Investigator on ten Phase I, six Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and one Inventions and Innovations (I&I) Program [formally the Energy Related Invention Program (ERIP)] grants and contracts totaling over $3 million in awards in a variety of technical fields. His clients have included the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA) of Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Transportation (DOT).
Dr. Hunter has developed and assisted in the implementation of technology marketing plans. He has negotiated the terms of technology option, licensing and sales agreements that have produced over $800,000 in income for the technology owners.


Dr. Hunter obtained a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University in 1969 and a M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972. In 1989, he obtained a Ph.D. degree in Environmental/Public Health Engineering from Montana State University. He has received training in software development and molecular biology/genetic engineering.


Robert M. Hunter is affiliated with the following organizations:

Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce--A chamber of commerce serving businesses in West Hawaii, on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Hawaii Technology Trade Association--Hawaii's first state-wide, private-sector trade association formed specifically to serve Hawaii's growing technology industry.

Project SBIR West--A non-profit organization that promotes the SBIR and STTR programs in 14 rural states.

Small Business Technology Coalition--A non-profit organization that supports technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

YES Technologies--A Bozeman, MT, product and process research and development firm.

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