Joanna T. Brougher

Adjunct Professor of Law
Contact Information
Cornell Law School
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901


Bonnie Jo Coughlin
Cornell Law School
213 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Professional Biography

Joanna Brougher is owner and principal of BioPharma Law Group, PLLC. She is a patent attorney who focuses on all aspects of services related to patents in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, including patentability opinions, due diligence, patent drafting, domestic and foreign patent prosecution, development and management of patent portfolios, and general client counseling during all phases of a product’s lifecycle, from concept to commercialization.

Joanna’s patent experience covers a variety of complex and innovative inventions involving small molecule drugs, biologics, cell-based technologies, compositions, drug formulations and drug delivery systems, immunotherapeutics, medical devices, diagnostic tests, nanotechnology, and immunology, particularly vaccines and antibodies. Joanna also has experience counseling clients on the Hatch-Waxman Act and is monitoring developments involving biosimilars under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act.

Joanna has extensive experience counseling clients on domestic and international legal and contractual matters, including issues related to U.S. and global clinical trials, intellectual property, technology licensing, laboratory services, joint development, research and development, manufacturing, consulting, confidential disclosure, material transfer and other related agreements.

Joanna is also a former Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health and the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology. She regularly speaks on intellectual property-related topics and is a frequent author of articles related to patent law and healthcare. In 2013, Joanna published a book called "Intellectual Property and Health Technologies: Balancing Innovation and the Public's Health" which examines the relationship between patents and public health in the context of medical technologies.

She is admitted to the Massachusetts and New York State Bars as well as the USPTO.


B.S., University of Rochester
B.A., University of Rochester
M.P.H., University of Rochester
J.D., Boston College Law School