James R. Nault


  • Overview


    James Nault focuses his practice on complex litigation, including patent infringement, trademark infringement, commercial disputes, breach of contract, and trade secret licensing disputes. Mr. Nault is a member of the firm’s Litigation section, the Business Litigation Practice Group, the Intellectual Property Litigation Group, and the Appellate Advocacy Group.

    Patent Litigation

    Mr. Nault is a registered patent attorney and a registered professional engineer who routinely makes presentations to the Connecticut legal community to share his knowledge about patent issues.

    He handles a variety of intellectual property litigation, including lawsuits related to patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright infringement.

    Mr. Nault has represented diverse clients across the country. He has achieved multiple favorable settlements on behalf of clients, including for a health care insurer involved in a federal patent infringement action, among others.

    Mr. Nault regularly monitors and reports on changing areas of intellectual property law, especially patent cases at the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Nault has assisted in drafting briefs to the various federal courts of appeals, the Connecticut Supreme Court, and has drafted a petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Nault worked as a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Group at a firm in New York.


    Mr. Nault has extensive experience handling appellate matters in both state and federal courts.

    Mr. Nault assisted in winning a significant decision before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which affirmed the dismissal of a complaint against the state of Connecticut and his clients, alternative energy providers who had been awarded an energy generation contract.

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Nault clerked for the Honorable Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

    Commercial Litigation

    Mr. Nault frequently litigates commercial disputes. He handles a range of business related litigation matters, such as claims of breach of contract, business torts, and allegations of unfair trade practices.

    Mr. Nault successfully represented a client who owned a large commercial fitness training center and leased space for it in Bloomfield. After a bench trial, the court ruled that Mr. Nault’s client did not have to pay back rent, and the landlord owed money to compensate his client for water-damaged gym equipment.

    Pro Bono and Community Involvement

    Mr. Nault regularly does pro bono work. He was appointed by a judge in United States District Court in Connecticut to represent an indigent inmate in the Connecticut state prison system. The case was a civil rights complaint which alleged excessive force on the part of corrections officers. For his representation in the case, Mr. Nault received commendation letters from two federal judges, won the firm’s Pro Bono Service Award for 2016, and was runner-up Pro Bono Service Award Winner for the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut for 2016.

    Prior to attending law school, Mr. Nault had a career in the United States Navy's submarine force, culminating in his tour of duty as commanding officer of USS Toledo (SSN-769), a 688-class attack submarine based in Groton, Connecticut. He retired as a Navy captain in 2008.


  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Negotiated favorable settlements in several patent infringement maters, including the defense of a health care insurer after a non-practicing entity filed suit.

      • Successfully represented a client who rented space for a professional gym, but had to leave the premises due to a leaking roof which damaged equipment and caused mildew. Court ruled his client did not have to pay back rent. His client also was awarded financial damages for water damaged equipment.

      • Successfully represented a prison inmate who had filed an excessive force lawsuit against Connecticut State Department of Correction officials in federal court.

      • Assisted in winning a decision before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which affirmed the dismissal of a complaint against the state of Connecticut and his clients, alternative energy providers who had been awarded an energy generation contract.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association

      Connecticut Bar Association

      American Society of Mechanical Engineers

      National Society of Professional Engineers

      Federal Circuit Bar Association

      New York State Bar Association
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Robinson+Cole Pro Bono Service Award Recipient, 2016

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Our Shoreline Community Association
      Board of Directors
    • Presentations


      "IP Year in Review," co-presented with Alaine C. Doolan, at the Connecticut Bar Association's (CBA) Intellectual Property Section Meeting in New Britain, Connecticut (1/26/2017)
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      "Effective Patent Litigation Strategies in the Wake of Alice," to group of Connecticut IP practitioners at Annual Connecticut Bar Association Convention (6/13/2016)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • February 1, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Participate in CBA Intellectual Property Section Meeting

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      • December 27, 2016

        Connecticut District Court Recognizes Robinson+Cole Lawyers for Pro Bono Work

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      • August 8, 2016

        Jim Nault Presents Lecture on Patent Infringement Litigation Strategy at Annual Connecticut Bar Association Convention

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      • December 17, 2015

        James Nault Elected to OSCA's Board of Directors

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      • November 12, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Hosts Domestic Violence Restraining Order Program for Lawyers

      • May 20, 2015

        Jim Nault Represents Robinson+Cole at Interval House Reception

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      • December 3, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Volunteers Teach JA Curriculum in Hartford School

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      • June 18, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Takes Part in Chamber Golf Tournament

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      • May 14, 2014

        Robinson+Cole's Appellate Group Wins Connecticut Law Tribune's Litigation Department of the Year Award

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      R+C News Releases

      • September 13, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Presents Annual Awards for Dedication and Outstanding Contributions