Practice Areas



  • MSIC Blue Chip Cash Award awarded by Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Partners in Education Award awarded by the Missile and Space Intelligence Center


  • District of Columbia, 2007
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2007
  • State of Georgia, 2005


University of Georgia School of Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2004

Tuskegee University, B.S., Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude, 1998

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Duane P. Minley

404.607.9991, ext. 2108

Duane Minley concentrates his practice on drafting and prosecuting patents for electrical, software, and mechanical inventions. In particular, Duane has experience with issues related to quantum technology; wireless communications including cellular technology and mobile phones; semiconductor devices; telecommunications; the Internet; 2D/3D imaging and processing; computer memory devices; processors; nanotechnology; and helicopters. Additionally, Duane focuses on obtaining patents in computer technologies including artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning; computer hardware; databases; networks; operating systems; cloud computing; and software applications. He also has researched and prepared opinions. Duane has experience with medical devices, including DNA characterizing devices, bio-sensing devices, and the like. Duane also counsels start-up companies and universities. Prior to joining Cantor Colburn, he studied a variety of foreign weapon systems including missile and radar systems for the Missile and Space Intelligence Center (MSIC) which is a component of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). 

Experience Highlights

Partner, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2021-present

Counsel, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2018-2020

Associate, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2006-2017

Associate, Sughrue Mion, PLLC, Washington, D.C., 2004-2006

Law Clerk, Legal Aid Defender's Clinic, Athens, GA., 2003-2004

Intelligence Officer, US Defense Intelligence Agency/Missile and Space Intelligence Center, Huntsville, AL., 1999-2001


Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Georgia Intellectual Property Section of the Georgia Bar

Intellectual Property Owners Association


Community/Civic Involvement

Special Emphasis Program Manager for EEOC and Affirmative Advancement and Hiring of all Minority Groups in Federal Employment

School Volunteer at Stonewall Tell Elementary