Practice Areas



  • Best Lawyers, 2016-2023
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow 
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
  • WIPR Leaders, Patents & Trademarks
  • IP Stars, Managing IP, Connecticut, USA, 2013-2022
  • Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers, 2013-2019
  • Who's Who Legal: Patents, 2018-2020
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation - James W. Cooper Life Fellow
  • Founding Fellow, Academy of Distinguished Engineers and Hall of Fame, University of Connecticut
  • "Super Lawyers," Intellectual Property, Connecticut, 2007- 2009, 2017-2022


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1984
  • State of Connecticut, 1983
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1983


University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1983

University of Connecticut, B.S., Chemical Engineering/Materials Engineering, with honors, 1980

Teaching Positions

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Adjunct Professor in Patent Law and Procedure
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Michael A. Cantor

Co-Managing Partner
860.286.2929, ext. 1101

For more than 30 years, Michael Cantor’s unwavering commitment to delivering the highest level of IP legal services at exceptionally competitive rates has fueled Cantor Colburn’s strategic expansion from a ten-lawyer firm in the 1990s into one of the nation's largest IP law firms today.  Michael oversees more than 100 attorneys and patent agents who counsel a diverse client base of international innovators in making the most of their IP assets. Cantor Colburn is the fastest growing patent law firm in the U.S. over the last decade (Juristat), with top ten rankings in utility and design patents and in trademarks. Cantor Colburn has a thriving international practice, working closely with companies in Israel, Europe, Asia and the Americas. Michael speaks frequently on IP, the law, innovation, and economic growth.  

Experience Highlights

Co-Managing Partner, Cantor Colburn LLP, 1983-present




Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Intellectual Property Owners Association

International Trademark Association

Connecticut Bar Association

  • James W. Cooper Fellows

Connecticut IP Inn of Court, Charter Member, Membership Committee Co-Chair

Connecticut Patent Law Association

Tau Beta Pi

Community/Civic Involvement

Chairperson, Connecticut Innovations

Board of Trustees, Connecticut Historical Society

Board Member, Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford

Board Member, Connecticut Technology Council

Board Member, University of Connecticut School of Engineering Advisory Board

Former Board Member, Greater Hartford Arts Council

Former Board Member, Connecticut Development Authority

Former Board Member, University of Connecticut Institute of Material Sciences Advisory Board

Former Board Member, University of Connecticut Foundation