John L. Cordani

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    John Cordani is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Group and focuses his practice on Intellectual Property litigation. He has litigated patent, trade secret, trademark, and antitrust cases through trial and appeal in federal courts across the United States, obtaining successful results in cases involving a diverse array of technology from specialty chemical products to automated pitching machines. 

    John maintains a world-wide patent litigation, prosecution, licensing and counselling practice. He is a registered patent attorney with extensive experience before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in document-intensive and scientific disputes. 

    John handles all phases of the patent litigation process, including claim construction, summary judgment, trials, and appeals in infringement matters. He has also tried complex commercial litigations, products liability cases, and land use matters through verdict and appeal.

    Prior to attending Cornell Law School, where he was the salutatorian of his class, John worked as a chemist, and is a named inventor on multiple patents covering aspects of his research. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law, where he teaches a course on Patent Litigation and Strategy, and serves as the co-chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section. He has also served as a Special Public Defender in a pro bono capacity providing representation for indigent defendants in criminal matters.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

        Intellectual Property Litigation

      • Obtained favorable judgment after a patent infringement trial involving automated pitching machines, which was affirmed on appeal.

      • Obtained reversal of district court’s entry 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.  

      • Successfully argued dozens of patent appeals, re-examinations, and inter partes reviews before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent Office. 

      • Business Litigation

      • Obtained favorable verdict after a jury trial involving allegations of unfair competition and unfair trade practices in the specialty chemical industry.

      • Obtained favorable verdict after a jury trial representing a large research 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 at the Connecticut Appellate Court. 

      • Appellate

      • Obtained favorable judgments on appeal at the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second and Federal Circuits in several patent and trademark infringement cases. 

      • Obtained favorable judgments on appeal at the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second and Federal Circuits in several patent and trademark infringement cases. 

      • Obtained reversal at the Connecticut Supreme Court for a $4.5 million jury award for loss-of-consortium entered in a medical malpractice action.

      • Obtained reversal at the Connecticut Supreme Court for a $4.5 million jury award for loss-of-consortium entered in a medical malpractice action.

      • Obtained reversal at the Connecticut Supreme Court in a case involving personal jurisdiction over an out-of-state insurer. 

      • Obtained reversal of a felony murder conviction at the Connecticut Supreme Court based on a claim that certain forensic DNA evidence violated the defendant’s constitutional right to confrontation

      • Obtained reversal of a murder conviction at the Connecticut Supreme Court based on a claim that the defendant was deprived of his constitutional right to counsel at trial.

      • Obtained reversal of a “fighting words” conviction at the Connecticut Supreme Court based on a claim that the conviction violated the defendant’s First Amendment right to freedom of speech.

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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Quinnipiac University School of Law
      Adjunct Faculty

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Intellectual Property Section, Co-Chair (2019)

      New Haven County Bar Association
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Selected as a Rising Star in the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2016 to 2019.

      Named a Connecticut Law Tribune 2015 "New Leader in the Law"

      Named a BusinessNewHaven 2014 "Rising Star"

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Hartford Seminary
      Board of Trustees
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "Is the Federal Circuit Really “Terrified” of Reversals?" published in Connecticut Law Tribune, co-authored with Fatima Lahnin (4/20/2015)
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      "The "Atomic Bomb" of Patent Law," published in Connecticut Law Tribune, co-authored with John R. Horvack, Jr. and Damian K. Gunningsmith (4/21/2014)
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      "Could the Greek Gods Have Patented Fire? (Prometheus v. Mayo)," published in Connecticut Law Tribune, co-authored with John R. Horvack, Jr. (4/16/2012)
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      "A Trap for the Unwary: Cross-Licensing of Intellectual Property Can Run Afoul of Sherman Act," published in Connecticut Law Tribune (10/10/2011)

      "Reviving the Federal Circuit’s Dead Letter Teaching, Suggestion, or Motivation Test for the Doctrine Of Equivalents," published in the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal. (Spring 2011)

      "Patent at Your Own Risk: Linguistic Fences and Abbott Laboratories v. Sandoz, Inc.," published in the Cornell Law Review. (September 2010)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • August 16, 2019

        John Cordani Featured in Connecticut Law Tribune Article on Recent Pro Bono Case Win at the Connecticut Supreme Court

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      R+C News Releases

      • June 24, 2019

        Robinson+Cole Adds Intellectual Property Litigation Partner

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