Professionals

Practice Areas

Honors

  • Named to "Connecticut Rising Stars," Intellectual Property, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2009-2011, 2013-2016
  • New Leaders in the Law, November 2013, The Connecticut Law Tribune

Admissions

  • State of New York, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 2007
  • State of Connecticut, 2006

Education

The University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly known as the Franklin Pierce Law Center) J.D., concentration in Intellectual Property, 2006

University of Connecticut, B.A., Political Science & History, cum laude, 2003

Teaching Positions

  • Adjunct Professor, Western New England University School of Law, Copyright Law
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Michelle P. Ciotola

Partner and Vice Chair of the Trademark & Copyright Department
Hartford
860.286.2929
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As Partner and Vice Chair of the Trademark & Copyright Department of Cantor Colburn, Michelle Ciotola concentrates her practice on counseling, protecting and enforcing trademark, trade dress, copyright, and related intellectual property rights, as well as counseling clients in unfair competition, Internet, advertising, and promotions law.

She assists clients in the development and exploitation of their trademark portfolios, including clearance of marks; prosecution of trademark applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; and identifying important overseas jurisdiction and filing or coordinating with local counsel for protection and enforcement of marks in those jurisdictions. Michelle develops strategies for the enforcement of her clients’ intellectual property rights, including preparing demand letters, negotiating settlement agreements, handling opposition and cancellation actions before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and coordinating and overseeing litigation with local counsel around the world. She also develops strategies for enforcement of her clients’ intellectual property rights online, including handling Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy proceedings. Michelle files and prosecutes applications for copyright registration with the U.S. Copyright Office and advises clients on copyright law. She represents clients in trademark due diligence. She drafts and negotiates a wide range of intellectual property agreements, including assignments, licenses, and trademark consent and coexistence agreements.

Michelle is an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA). She was instrumental in the development of INTA’s law student ambassador program and the annual meeting scholarship program. She is a frequent speaker at the Career Development Day (formerly Academic Day) at INTA’s Annual Meeting.

Experience Highlights

Partner, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2016 - present

Counsel, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2015 - 2016

Associate, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2006 - 2014

Legal Internship, LEGO Systems, Inc., January 2006 - May 2006

Publications

Author of a chapter on trademark law for the textbook Intellectual Property as an Emerging Asset Class: Strategy and Management, published by the IP Educational Institute.

News

Events

Speaker, International Trademark Association What They Didn’t Teach You in Law School About Trademark Law, International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, May 2013

Facilitator, International Trademark Association Working Lunch for Law Students, International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, May 2013

Organizer, International Trademark Association Career Development Day, International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, 2013

Facilitator, International Trademark Association Working Lunch for Law Students, International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, May 2012

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section

European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA)

Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)

International Trademark Association (INTA)

  • Academic Committee; Co-Chair of the Student Membership Team, 2008-2011

MARQUES - The Association of European Trade Mark Owners

Connecticut Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section

New York State Bar Association

Community/Civic Involvement

Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury, Board Member, 2014-2016