Michael D. Cartona



Michael counsels a wide variety of technology-based companies in the development and implementation of effective intellectual property strategies. Michael has over a decade of experience drafting and prosecuting patents and has prepared patentability, non-infringement, invalidity, and freedom-to-operate opinions in the mechanical, electro-mechanical and computer arts. Technical areas of Michael’s practice include medical devices, consumer products, home appliances, metalworking machinery, rail vehicles and vehicle control systems, and sensors. In addition, Michael has experience in the exploitation, transfer, and licensing of technology, including experience in the preparation and negotiation of patent and trademark license agreements, asset purchase agreements, technology transfer agreements, and material transfer agreements.

Michael received his J.D. cum laude from the Quinnipiac University School of Law, where he was a recipient of the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award and Excellence in Clinical Work Award. He held internships in the legal department at a Photronics, Inc., a semiconductor technology company, and at the Quinnipiac University School of Law Tax Clinic, where he represented indigent clients in all stages of the Internal Revenue Service’s administrative process. Before law school, he received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut.  

Michael is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the state courts of Connecticut and New York, and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Michael is active in the Greater Hartford community. He is a member of the Hartford County Bar Association, a member of the board of directors of The UConn Club, and serves as Program Chair for the Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association. Michael also coaches a youth basketball team in West Hartford, Connecticut, where he resides.