Dr. Paul J. Roman Jr. is a registered U.S. patent attorney and intellectual property law counsellor focused on advising a wide variety of clients regarding their innovation in the chemical arts and materials science sectors. He represents businesses ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, various institutional clients such as universities and research facilities, and individual inventors and entrepreneurs on all facets of U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, portfolio management, and licensing.

Paul worked as a chemist and process engineer for DuPont/EKC Technology and as a post-doctoral researcher for First Chemical prior to the law. Having done the work himself, he knows how to deliver legal solutions that are both sophisticated and practical and make sense for the business, its inventors, and other professionals alike. Paul’s experience ranges from small molecules, pharmaceutical materials, methods of treatment, nanomaterials, polymers, proteins/peptides to inorganic materials, hybrid materials, analytical methods, process technology, battery technology, and medical devices. Paul understands a wide variety of scientific and technical breakthroughs in chemistry and materials science and navigates his clients through identifying, safeguarding, and monetizing the asset.

Having earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Paul’s fluency in chemistry and materials science matters is supported by his absolute commitment to streamlining the development process to realize client objectives more effectively. A proven research professional himself, Paul thrives at the intersection of innovation and the law and works on cutting-edge developments. He is known for his meticulous attention to detail and smart advice throughout the early phases of development. As a result, his multi-disciplinary approach results in strategic advice involving the intangible asset and its distinct features. From idea inception to market/product launch and ROI, Paul maintains his solid reputation for developing and securing vital patents and developing patent families on a global scale.

Before Becoming a Lawyer

Paul received his juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from the University at Buffalo Law School, a doctorate in chemistry from the University at Buffalo, and an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Canisius College. Before law school, Paul was a researcher in the chemical engineering department at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a chemist and process engineer for DuPont/EKC Technology, and a post-doctoral researcher for First Chemical. Notably, Paul is the inventor of eight granted U.S. patents.

Outside the Office

Hunting, fishing, travel, and family take up the majority of Paul’s spare time.

Professional Affiliations

  • New York State Bar (NYS Bar No. 4547956) – admitted February 2008
  • USPTO Patent Bar (USPTO Reg. No. 63,642) – admitted December 2008
  • Association of University Technology Managers – 2013 to present


  • U.S. Patent 7,074,640: Method of making barrier layers
  • U.S. Patent 7,067,346: Titanium carbonate films for use in semiconductor processing
  • U.S. Patent 6,787,198: Hydrothermal treatment of nanostructured films
  • U.S. Patent 6,723,388: Method of depositing nanostructured films with embedded nanopores
  • U.S. Patent 6,696,363: Method of and apparatus for substrate pre-treatment
  • U.S. Patent 6,566,276: Method of making electronic materials
  • U.S. Patent 6,018,078: Stabilized N-Nitrosohydroxylamines

Practice Areas


  • J.D., University at Buffalo Law School, magna cum laude
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University at Buffalo
  • B.S., Canisius College, Buffalo, New York

Published Work

  • Trevor Hoskins; Paul J Roman; Peter J. Ludovice, Clifford L. Henderson, Equilibrium water uptake and diffusion behavior in model polynorbornene photoresist polymers, Proc. SPIE, Pt. 2, Vol. 5753, Advances in Resist Technology and Processing XXII, pp. 851-861, 2005.
  • Sean J. Barstow, Augustin Jeyakumar, Paul J. Roman and Clifford L. Henderson, Direct Photopatterning of Metal Oxide Structures Using Photosensitive Metal-Organics, J. Electrochem. Soc., 2004, 151(10), F235-F241.
  • Paul J. Roman Jr., Harold O. Madsen, Seigi Suh, Leo G. Svendsen, Shyama P. Mukherjee, Aleta Jamora, Michael A. Fury, and Katy Ip, PMOD™-based Direct Thin Film Imaging, DTFIT™ on Flexible Substrates, MRS Proceedings, Vol. 769, H5.1, Spring 2003.
  • Augustin Jeyakumar, Clifford L. Henderson, Paul J. Roman Jr., Seigi Suh, Hybrid bilayer imaging approach using single component metal-organic precursors for high-resolution electron beam lithography, Proc. SPIE, Vol. 5039, Advances in Resist Technology and Processing XX, T. Fedynyshyn, Ed., pp. 502-512, June 2003.
  • Harold O. Madsen, Seigi Suh, Leo G. Svendsen, Shyama P. Mukherjee, Paul J. Roman Jr., Michael A. Fury, and Katy Ip, Direct Thin-Film Imaging, DTFI, based on PMOD™ (Photochemical Metal Organic Deposition) Methodology, Proc. SPIE, Vol. 4979, Micromachining and Microfabrication Process Technology VIII, J. Yasaitis, M. Perez-Maher, J. Karam, Eds., pp. 472-481, January 2003.
  • Augustin Jeyakumar, Clifford L. Henderson, Paul Roman Jr., Seigi Suh, Electron beam lithography process using radiation sensitive carboxylate metal-organic precursors, Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology, B: Microelectronics and Nanometer Structures–Processing, Measurement, and Phenomena, 2003, 21(6), 3157.
  • Shyama P. Mukherjee, Paul J. Roman Jr., Harold O. Madsen, Leo G. Svendsen, Michael A. Fury, Sean J. Barstow, Augustin Jeyakumar and Clifford L. Henderson, High Dielectric Constant Metal Oxide Films via Photochemical Metal Organic Deposition (PMOD™) Process, Proceedings – Electrochemical Society, 2002-28 (Physics and Technology of High-k Gate Dielectrics I), S. Kar, D. Misra, R. Singh, and F. Gonzalez, Eds., pp. 263-275, 2003.
  • Rajamani Nagarajan, Joseph S. Bowers, Jr., Hong Cui, August J. Miller, John R. I. Eubanks, Zhihong Wu, Carey Cecil Geiger, Charles U. Pittman, Jr., Charles E. Keller, Paul J. Roman, and Ying Feng, A Novel Initiator for Curing Pigmented Coatings, Surface Coatings International, 2000, 83(4), 181.
  • Sven Hida, Paul J. Roman Jr., Allen A. Bowden, and Jim D. Atwood, Synthesis of (tri-m sulfonated) phenylphosphine (TPPTS): Importance of pH in the Workup, Journal of Coordination Chemistry, 1997, 43(4), 345.
  • Paul J. Roman Jr. and Jim D. Atwood, Carbonylation of trans-Ir(CO)Cl(TPPTS)2 and Reactivity of [Ir(CO)2(TPPTS)3]Cl (TPPTS = (tri-m-sulfonated)phenylphosphine) in DMSO and Water, Organometallics, 1997, 16(25), 5536.
  • David P. Paterniti, Paul J. Roman Jr., and Jim D. Atwood, Activation of Hydrogen on Iridium(I) Centers in Water: Solvent Effects, pH Effects, and Iridium-Hydride Exchange with D2O, Organometallics, 1997, 16(15), 3371.
  • Paul J. Roman Jr., David P. Paterniti, Ronald F. See, Melvyn Rowen Churchill, and Jim D. Atwood, Synthesis, Properties, and Reactions of Monosulfonated Triphenylphosphine (PPh2(m-C6H4SO3K) = TPPMS) Complexes of Iridium(I). Crystal and Molecular Structure of [N(CH2C6H5)(C2H5)3+][PPh2(m-C6H4SO3)-] • H2O, Organometallics, 1997, 16(7), 1484.
  • David P. Paterniti, Paul J. Roman Jr. and Jim D. Atwood, Rate Enhancement for Oxidative Addition of H2 in Aqueous Solution: Reaction of H2 with trans-Ir(CO)Cl(PPh2(m- C6H4SO3K))2, Journal of the Chemical Society, Chem. Comm., 1996, 23, 2659.
  • J. Roman Jr. and J. D. Atwood, 209th ACS National Meeting, Anaheim, CA, Paper No. 194, Division of Inorganic Chemistry; March 1995.
  • J. Roman and J. D. Atwood, 208th ACS National Meeting, Washington, DC, Paper No. 50, Division of Inorganic Chemistry; August 1994. ​