Practice Areas



  • Managing IP, IP Stars, Connecticut, USA, 2013-2018
  • The Connecticut Technology Council Women of Innovation 2014 Finalist
  • Women in the Law – High Achievers, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2009, 2010


  • State of Connecticut, 2002
  • United States Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2000
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1991
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1991


Western New England College School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1991

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1988

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Pamela J. Curbelo

Partner and Co-Chair of the Chemical, Materials and Life Sciences Department
860.286.2929, ext. 1122

Drawing on 25 years of experience, Pam Curbelo co-chairs Cantor Colburn’s robust Chemical, Materials, and Life Sciences Department, and she spearheads the firm’s international patent activity. Pam works closely with foreign and domestic clients, as well as a network of foreign associates to devise and implement effective intellectual property (IP) strategies; to prepare and prosecute U.S. and international patent applications; to draft and negotiate IP agreements; and to prepare clearance, non-infringement, and invalidity opinions.

A former in-house IP counsel with United Technologies Corporation, Pam shares her unique perspective and deep technical knowledge with clients from a broad spectrum of industries ranging from polymers, processing, catalysis, automotive, and environmental engineering to telecommunications, additive manufacturing, and aerospace. She regularly presents lectures and workshops to clients on patent law issues. Pam has twice been designated a Woman of the Law High Achiever by the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Experience Highlights

Partner, Cantor Colburn LLP, 1998-present 

United Technologies Corporation, 1988-1998

  • Intellectual Property Attorney, 1998-1991
  • Patent Agent, 1991
  • Consultant, 1988-1991



Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle

Connecticut Bar Association

Connecticut Intellectual Patent Law Association

Intellectual Property Owners Association