Donald Hamilton


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Practice Areas:

  • Intellectual Property

Bar Admissions:

  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office


  • The University of Chicago, S.M., Ph.D. 1985 

Donald has been involved with intellectual property matters for over 10 years and is registered before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

He was first introduced to intellectual property in Europe, where he worked for two large patent law firms.  His primary focus there concerned matters before the European Patent Office.  Subsequently, he returned to the United States to concentrate on US patent application drafting and prosecutions.  Later, he spent a two-year sabbatical in Asia learning intellectual property matters in South Korea and Japan.

His education was originally in mathematics (complex analysis) and physics (high energy particle physics).  However, this background was subsequently significantly augmented by studies in optical sciences and medical devices.  The common theme running through all the scientific disciplines was the acquisition and analyses of image data obtained for scientific studies, including the design, construction, and use of advanced scientific instrumentation.  Analyses of the data from these instruments were performed by algorithms developed and written by him.

Before transiting to intellectual property matters, he was an academic/research scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, and the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.

  • Hegg, E.L., Whiting, A.K., Saari, R.E., McCracken, J., Hausinger, R.P., Que, L., Jr., “Herbicide-Degrading a-Keto Acid-Dependent Enzyme TfdA: Metal Coordination Environment and Mechanistic Insights” Biochemistry; 1999, 38(50), 16714-16726.
  • Boldt, Y. R., Whiting, A.K., Wagner, M.L., Sadowsky, M.J., Que, L., Jr., and Wackett, L.P., “Manganese (II) Active Site Mutants of 3,4-Dihydroxyphenylacetate 2,3-Dioxygenase from Arthrobacter globiformis strain CM-2″, Biochemistry 1997, 36, 2147-2153.
  • Whiting, A.K., Que, L., Jr., Saari, R.E., Hausinger, R.P., Fredrick, M.A. and McCracken, J., “Metal Coordination Environment of a Cu(II)-Substituted a-Keto Acid-Dependent Dioxygenase That Degrades the Herbicide 2,4-D”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1997, 119, 3413-3414.
  • Whiting, A.K.; Boldt, Y.R.; Hendrich, M.P.; Wackett, L.P.; Que, L., Jr., “Manganese (II)-Dependent Extradiol-Cleaving Catechol Dioxygenase from Arthrobacter globiformis CM-2″, Biochemistry 1996, 35, 160-170.
  • Whiting A.K. and Peticolas W.L., “Details of the Acyl-Enzyme Intermediate and the Oxyanion Hole in Serine Protease Catalysis,” Biochemistry 1994, 33, 552-61.