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Ethan J. Ung

Principal, Hartford

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Monica Ward


Ethan J. Ung is a patent attorney and litigator. His practice focuses primarily on counseling, prosecution, and enforcement of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other related matters, such as counseling and analyzing IP agreements, conducting IP audits and due diligence, and analyzing and rendering clearance opinions. He advises entrepreneurs, business owners, and startups on various IP matters.

Ethan serves as outside counsel for several startup biotechnology companies developing stem cell technologies for application in regenerative medicine, human fertility, and cosmetics. He counsels entrepreneurs and innovators developing new technologies in the mechanical arts, including medical devices, computer-implemented technologies, and software inventions. He has served as General Counsel to a startup biotechnology company dedicated to discovering new chemical entities for treating advanced and metastatic cancers.

Ethan’s litigation experience covers a range of legal matters, advising national and multinational corporations on risk management and complex disputes, including claims of product liability, third-party liability, insurance fraud, or insurance coverage analysis, and representing clients in matters involving trademark infringement, anti-counterfeiting, false advertising, and unfair competition.

A former trial attorney at a major personal property and casualty insurer, Ethan has handled all phases of litigation from inception through case resolution to verdict in bench and jury trials. As lead attorney overseeing a portfolio of litigation matters, Ethan has represented clients in hearings, mediations, and arbitrations.

A biochemist before law school, Ethan is a former scientist, co-inventor, and co-author of numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications. Ethan has extensive biomedical research experience, studying the defense mechanisms of viruses, and was a Biology Team leader directing preclinical cancer drug discovery at one of the world’s premier pharmaceutical companies. Ethan is intimately familiar with the preclinical and clinical development of pharmaceuticals, licensing agreements, supply agreements, and collaboration and co-promotion agreements.

While working in the pharmaceutical industry, Ethan was recognized for his outstanding research, innovation, teamwork, and leadership—qualities that he continues to apply in his legal practice to deliver the best possible outcome for his clients.

Ethan is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), and is Co-Chair of their Legal Development Subcommittee of the Chemical Practice Committee. He is also a member of the AIPLA’s newly-formed Artificial Intelligence Task Force.

  • J.D., cum laude, IP Law Certificate, with Honors, Quinnipiac University School of Law 2008

  • B.S., Biochemistry, University of Maryland College Park 1999
  • State of Connecticut, 2008

  • State of New York, 2008

  • US Patent & Trademark Office, 2008

  • Mohegan Tribe Gaming Disputes Court, 2011

  • US District Court, District of Connecticut, 2011

  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2021