James Nault

James R. Nault


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 / Intellectual Property Litigation

    Mr. Nault is a registered patent attorney and a registered professional engineer. 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 in intellectual property actions across the country and has achieved numerous favorable settlements on their behalf. 

    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. He routinely makes presentations to the Connecticut legal community to share his knowledge about patent issues.

    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.

    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.

    Pro Bono

    Mr. Nault regularly does pro bono litigation work. For his representation of an indigent inmate in a civil rights 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


      • Currently defending a case in the District of Delaware involving a method for analyzing financial information and predicting movement in the Stock Market using resampled statistical methods. 

      • Currently defending a case in the Middle District of North Carolina involving a method of manufacturing a two-layer sports brassiere. 

      • Currently defending a case in the District of Connecticut involving a method for displaying and storing video images.

      • Recently settled for nuisance value an infringement action in Massachusetts involving a system used by electric utilities for the remote monitoring and control of street lights.

      • In 2015, after receiving a demand letter threatening our commercial shipping client with patent infringement litigation in the Southern District of Florida, filed a declaratory judgment action in the District of Connecticut, seeking a declaratory judgment of non-infringement and invalidity. The case immediately settled for nuisance value.

      • In 2015, after receiving a demand latter, provided a detailed response explaining why the client’s waste disposal system did not infringe the asserted patent. After our client was sued in both Connecticut state court and in the U.S. District Court of Connecticut, the plaintiff withdrew both actions.

      • In 2014, settled for nuisance value an infringement action in U.S. District Court in Connecticut involving a computerized method of processing insurance claims.

      • In 2014, after receiving a favorable Markman ruling in a patent infringement action involving sports nutrition supplements, settled for nuisance value.

      • 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.

      • 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.

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

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    • 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 (2015 - 2017)
    • 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