Practice Areas



  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2017
  • State of Connecticut, 2016
  • District Court for the District of Connecticut, 2019
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2021


University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2015
Utah State University, Ph.D. in Plant Science, 2008
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, M.S. in Biotechnology, 2004
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, B.S. in Biotechnology, 2001

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Joseph F. Romagnano, Ph.D.

860.286.2929, ext. 1120

Joe Romagnano is possessed of extensive global patent prosecution experience in bioreactors, medical imaging technology, avionics, data display, power transformers, power plants, locomotives, and gas turbines. His particular focus is on biotechnology, plant patents, and small molecule pharmaceuticals. His further experience includes assistance counsel in litigation with topics including matters involving design rights and questions of inventorship.  His prior legal experience includes the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Global Patent Operations center of General Electric.

Joe holds dual Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Humanities and Arts from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. While an undergraduate, he also studied elemental analysis of sediment cores at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. As a Master’s student in Biotechnology, also at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, his thesis focused on comparing the effects of different modes of nutrient delivery systems on root hypoxia as a part of the NASA led Advanced Life Support System Initiative. Joe received a Ph.D. in plant physiology with a concentration in crop science as a member of the Crop Physiology Laboratory at Utah State University and was a Fellow of the NASA Graduate Student Research Program. Joe has taught classes in Crop Physiology, Plant Nutrition, Agricultural Instrumentation, Plant Physiology, Fermentation, Animal Cell Culture, Photomicroscopy, Electron Microscopy, and Bioprocessing.

Experience Highlights

  • Counsel, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2023-present
  • Associate, Grogan, Tuccillo & Vanderleedeen, LLP, 2017-2023 
  • Patent Fellow, Global Patent Operations, General Electric, 2015-2016
  • Legal Intern, State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 2014-2015

Representative Matters

  • Patents
    U.S. Pat. App. No: 16/920,089  
    U.S. Pat. App. No: 17/108,183  
  • Litigation
    Bruce Kirby, Inc., et al. vs. LaserPerformance(Europe) Limited, et al. Case No: 3:13-CV-00297, United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
    Wagner v. Ashline, Case No: 2021-1715, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


Light level does not alter ethylene sensitivity in radish or pea, Plant Growth Regulation,71, 67-75 12 April 2013, Joseph Romagnano

Farming the Stars, Antarctic Volume 27, p 46-48 January 2009, Joseph Romagnano


Professional Affiliations

  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
  • Connecticut Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (CIPLA), Vice President
  • American Society of Plant Biologists
  • Crop Science Society of America
  • International Astronautical Federation