Additional Experience Overviews for Steven M. Coyle

Practice Areas



  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of Illinois, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1995
  • State of Connecticut, 1994
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1993


  • Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court, 1993-1994


Western New England College School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1993

Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, B.A., History, with Distinction, 1990

Teaching Positions

  • Adjunct Professor, Western New England University School of Law, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law
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Steven M. Coyle

Partner, Co-Chair Pharmaceutical Practice, Co-Chair Litigation Practice
860.286.2929, ext. 1129

Steve Coyle is a Partner and co-chairs the firm's Litigation Practice. He is a trial lawyer with more than 25 years' experience litigating and trying complex disputed matters, and specializes in patent and all varieties of intellectual property litigation. Steve’s areas of focus include ANDA and Hatch-Waxman litigation, where he has represented the rights of generic drug manufacturers and helped them to bring products to market. Steve also counsels clients in FDA matters and is the Chair of Cantor Colburn’s Pharmaceutical Litigation Practice. Steve represents clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of other patent matters, including software, cybersecurity, fiber optics, lighting, circuit boards, robotics, telecommunications, piping systems, and consumer goods. Steve has substantial experience litigating trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters as well. He has litigated in courts throughout the country, and he has represented clients in alternative dispute resolution forums such as arbitrations and mediations. Steve has also handled multiple appeals, including before the Federal Circuit. In all of his cases, Steve strives to develop and follow a pragmatic strategy that advances not only his clients’ short term litigation goals but also their long term business needs.

Trial Experience

Steve has tried cases in state and federal courts since 1994. In addition to patent litigation, Steve has litigated trademark and trade dress cases, trade secret cases, copyright cases, non-compete disputes, licensing matters, and complex commercial disputes. He has handled cases in numerous courts throughout the country and has argued before the First and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Experience Highlights

Partner, Cantor Colburn, LLC, Hartford, CT, 2006-present

Associate, Cantor Colburn, LLC, Hartford, CT, 1999-2006

Litigation Associate, Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, P.C., 1996-1999

Litigation Associate, Burns & Farrey, Worcester, MA, 1994-1996

Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court, 1993-1994

Representative Matters

  • GSK Smith Kline Beecham v. Mutual Pharmaceutical, (ED PA). Represented defendant generic drug company in pharmaceutical patent litigation suit. Filed anti-trust and declaratory judgment counterclaims on behalf of client. Resulted in plaintiff’s voluntary dismissal of suit with prejudice and settlement in favor of client.
  • Veto Pro Pac LLC v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. and Custom LeatherCraft, Manufacturing Co., Inc., (D. Conn.). Represented defendant Home Depot in patent infringement suit. Obtained favorable settlement with no financial compensation to plaintiff.
  • Pfizer, Inc. v. Actavis Group hf., (D. Del.). Represented the generic drug manufacturer in litigation stemming from ANDA filing. Successfully negotiated a favorable settlement of the patent issues during discovery.
  • OmegaFlex, Inc. v. Parker Hannifin Corporation, (D. MA). Represented plaintiff in patent infringement suit involving flexible metal piping technology. After two jury trials and an appeal to the Federal Circuit, judgment was entered in favor of our client, awarding injunctive relief as well as substantial damages.
  • G&M Media Packaging v. Bruggemen & Desouter, et al., (ND OH).  Represented client in media packaging industry in defense of claims of trade dress and design patent infringement. Partially prevailed on summary judgment motion and then negotiated favorable settlement short of trial.
  • Warner Chilcott Laboratories, et al. v. Mutual Pharmaceutical Co., et al., (D. NJ). Represented generic pharmaceutical company in defense of ANDA patent suit. Negotiated favorable settlement.
  • Tech Spray, L.P. v. Micro Care Corporation, (ED TX). Represented defendant in patent infringement suit involving critical, precision cleaning technology. Successfully implead third party defendant and negotiated favorable settlement.




Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

  • Member, Intellectual Property Section
  • Member, Litigation Section

American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association

Connecticut Bar Association

Connecticut Intellectual Property Lawyers Association

Defense Research Institute

Hampden County Bar Association

Intellectual Property Owners Association, Litigation Group

Massachusetts Bar Association