Anthony F. Bonner, Jr.


Tony represents Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and individual investors with respect to patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, copyright registration, patent opinions, open source issues, IP licensing and related litigation.

He has unique experience in intellectual property prosecution, litigation and licensing in the electrical, computer and mechanical engineering fields. In the electrical and computer fields, Tony's experience includes DSL technologies, microelectronics, GPS technologies, integrated circuits, networking, communications, semiconductor, computer architecture, Internet technologies, personal communication services, software and digital logic. In the mechanical engineering field, he has experience in manufacturing and medical devices. Tony also provides guidance on open source issues including performing open source audits, analyzing open source compliance, and counseling clients wishing to submit software to the open source community. 


  • University of Kentucky College of Law  (J.D., 2004)
  • University of Kentucky  (B.S.E.E., 2001)
  • Transylvania University  (B.A., 2001)
    • Liberal Arts

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky
  • Georgia
  • Utah
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • Kentucky Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Utah
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky


  • 2023-2024 Chair of the IP Section of the Kentucky Bar Association
  • Downtown Lexington Partnership (DLP)
    • Executive Committee 2024-Present
    • Board of Directors 2023-Present
  • Intellectual Property Organization (IPO), Software Related Inventions Committee (2016 - Present) 
    • Sub-Committee on Subject Matter Eligibility (35 U.S.C. 101)
    • Sub-Committee on 35 U.S.C. 112
  • Kentucky Intellectual Property Alliance (KYIPA)
    • Executive Advisory Committee (2012-2023)
    • Board of Advisors (2023-Present)
    • IP Ecosystem Collaboration Pillar Lead (2023-Present)
  • Commerce Lexington
    • Emerging Leaders of the Bluegrass Steering Committee (2021-Present)
    • Emerge Steering Committee (2015 - 2023) 
      • Chairperson (2019)
    • Public Policy Committee (2012 - Present)
    • Winner's Circle Team Leader (2016 - 2023)
  • Leadership Lexington
    • Class of 2015
    • Steering Committee (2018 -2020)
  • Leadership Kentucky Class, 2018
  • Mark Bartella Scholarship Fund, Board of Directors (2002 - 2004)
  • Lexington Football Club, youth soccer coach (1996 - 2001)


  • Super Lawyers® Kentucky Rising Stars®