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  • J.D., Cornell Law School, summa cum laude, 2011
  • B.A., Cornell University, magna cum laude, 2009

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal and Second Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

John L. Cordani

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    F: 860.560.5907

John Cordani is an intellectual property and business litigation lawyer with broad-based trial experience. In addition to his patent prosecution practice, he routinely handles all phases of the litigation process, including claim construction, summary judgment, trials, and appeals in patent infringement matters, as well as employment, products liability, civil rights, contract, administrative appeals, freedom of information and land use matters in general business disputes. 

John’s experience includes:

  • Reversal of summary judgment in a case of first impression before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals involving the requirements for a nominative fair use defense under the trademark laws.  International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. v. Security University, 823 F.3d 153 (2d Cir. 2016), cert. denied 137 S. Ct. 624 (2017).
  • Argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • Prosecution of chemical and mechanical patent applications and trademark applications before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
  • Dozens of reexamination and inter-partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
  • Favorable decision in a patent infringement trial involving sporting equipment.
  • Favorable jury verdict in an unfair trade practice trial involving the specialty chemical industry.
  • Favorable jury verdict representing large university in a breach of contract action.
  • Represented chemical manufacturing company in a case involving allegations of bad faith competitive bidding for a tender offer on the company’s publicly traded shares, including obtaining reversal of a pre-trial ruling in MacDermid, Inc. v. Cookson Group PLC, 149 Conn. App. 571, cert. denied 312 Conn. 914, (2014).

Prior to law school, John worked as a chemist. He is the inventor on multiple patents covering various aspects of his research.

John currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law, teaching a course on Patent Litigation and Strategy.  

John is committed to public service, and has served as a Special Public Defender representing indigent defendants in criminal appeals. In this regard, he has obtained numerous favorable outcomes for his clients, including reversal of a murder conviction and reversal of a “fighting words” conviction under the First Amendment, in cases argued before the Connecticut Supreme Court.