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Stephen E. Bondura


Stephen E. Bondura


(864) 271-1592


Licensed to practice in:

South Carolina, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Representative Practice Areas:

  • Coordinating all aspects of extensive and complex patent portfolios for international corporate clients.
  • Rendering patent related opinions, including validity, infringement, and right to practice opinions.
  • Performing intellectual property due diligence investigations, and advising on intellectual property aspects of acquisitions and mergers.
  • Prosecuting and managing U.S. and international patent applications.


  • Steve has been with Dority & Manning since 1992 and is a Principal of the firm.
  • Steve is currently Chairman of the firm’s Executive Committee.
  • Steve is familiar with a vast array of mechanical and mechanical/electrical technologies, with particular experience in power generation and control systems, mechanical and electrical control systems, medical devices, nonwovens, pulp and paper making machines and processes, textile machines, consumer articles, reactor operations, nuclear instrumentation, radiological controls, waste management, poultry processing machines, and gaming and lottery systems.
  • After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, Steve completed the U.S. Navy’s intensive Nuclear Propulsion program and served as an engineering officer and weapons officer on a Navy Ballistic Missile Submarine until entering law school.

Professional Background:

  • Education: U.S. Naval Academy (B.S., with distinction, 1983); U.S. Navy Nuclear Engineering Program; University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1991).
  • Admissions: U.S. District Court of South Carolina; U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Civic and Community Service: Federal Circuit Bar Association; American Bar Association; Carolina Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Association; Lifetime member of Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference.
  • Honors: AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell; Law Review; Order of the Coif; Wig and Robe; Phi Alpha Theta.

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