Joseph A. DeGirolamo

Director, Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Law Clinic and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law
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University of Connecticut Law School
Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Law Clinic
William F. Starr Hall, 3rd Floor
45 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105
  • Intellectual Property

Joseph A. DeGirolamo directs and teaches in UConn Law’s Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic, one of the first law school clinics in the country to participate in the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Law School Clinical Certification Program. A USPTO-registered patent attorney, Professor DeGirolamo joined the Law School faculty in August 2013 after more than 30 years in private practice.

The holder of a B.S. in chemistry from Fordham University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, Professor DeGirolamo was a partner at Morgan & Finnegan, LLP in New York City from 1990-2008, where his practice concentrated on complex patent litigation with an emphasis on matters involving mechanical and medical devices, various consumer products, and pharmaceutical and chemical compositions. While at the firm, Professor DeGirolamo also provided business and strategic counseling services in patent prosecution and litigation on behalf of clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. From 2009 he ran his own solo law practice, working primarily on patent litigation matters including pre-suit investigations, validity and infringement analysis, strategic litigation counseling and patent portfolio studies. His practice experience also includes work involving trade secret misappropriation, antitrust, false advertising and unfair competition claims.

A presenter on various patent litigation issues, Professor DeGirolamo is currently a member of the Federal Circuit Bar Association Patent Litigation Committee and Inter Partes Review Subcommittee. He previously served as the patent law co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section.