Practice Areas



  • State of Connecticut, 2006
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2005
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1999


Western New England University School of Law, J.D., 2005

University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D., Chemistry, 1985

College of William and Mary, B.S., Chemistry, 1981

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J. Michael Buchanan, Ph.D.

Of Counsel

Michael Buchanan's patent practice covers a wide variety of chemical inventions, including polymers, catalysis, nanotechnology, and food science. He has 16 years of experience drafting patent applications and coordinating their worldwide prosecution. He also advises clients on issues of patentability, infringement, freedom to operate, and strategic patent portfolio management. Before becoming a patent practitioner, Mike was a research chemist, project leader, and inventor with 24 U.S. patents.

Experience Highlights

Of Counsel, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2018-present

Partner, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2011-2018

Associate, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2005-2010

Patent Agent, Cantor Colburn LLP, 1999-2005

Patent Specialist, Eastman Kodak Company, 1998-1999

Research Scientist, Eastman Kodak Company, 1985-1998



Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section

American Chemical Society, Chemistry and the Law Section

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Intellectual Property Owners Association

Community/Civic Involvement

Judge, University of Massachusetts Innovation Challenge, 2011-present