Practice Areas



  • Top 50 Most Active Patent Attorney - High Tech, Patexia, 2023, 2024
  • Top 100 Best Performing Patent Attorney, Patexia, 2024


  • District of Connecticut, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, 2000
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1999
  • State of Connecticut, 1997


Western New England University School of Law, J.D., 1997

Charter Oak College, B.S., with honors, 1991

Trinity College, with a concentration in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 1984-1986

University of Connecticut, with a concentration in Chemistry, 1979-1982

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James J. Merrick, Jr.

Partner and Chair of the Korean Practice Group
860.286.2929, ext. 1200

James Merrick leads the Korean Practice Group, a team of attorneys, agents, and support staff dedicated to Korean clients and law firms, who specialize in their matters. Several team members are native Korean speakers. Jim is responsible for securing patent protection to meet client product launch deadlines and for management of the final work product of the team. He travels to Korea frequently to counsel Korean companies and law firms regarding intellectual property (IP) litigation, infringement, contracts, and licensing matters.

Jim also counsels domestic energy clients and universities and prepares and prosecutes their patents, primarily in mechanical and electrical engineering.

He has litigated IP and insurance defense cases involving violation of trade secrets, personal injury claims, and product liability claims.

Experience Highlights

Partner and Chair of the Korean Practice Group, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2009-present

Associate, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2000-2004 and 2005-2009

Associate, McCarter & English, 2004-2005

Associate, Rome McGuigan Sabanosh, P.C., 1999-2000



Professional Affiliations

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Intellectual Property Owners Association

Connecticut Bar Association


Community/Civic Involvement

Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, Volunteer

MIT Parent Liaison Committee, Member

Talcott Mountain Science Center's STEM Advisory Committee, Member