Anthony Coles is involved in all areas of intellectual property practice, concentrating on patent evaluations for patent pool licensing, patent infringement litigation, client counseling, and patent procurement. A registered attorney before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, he has worked on Patent Office post-grant proceedings (IPRs) in the areas of network security, mobile media, and consumer disposables. 

Mr. Coles has experience across many technical areas, including wireless communications, video compression, optical discs, mobile media, digital rights management, cryptography, computer software, networking, computer architecture, optics, semiconductors, consumer disposables, and medical products. 

Representative Experience

  • Mr. Coles assists clients in evaluating and licensing patents pertaining to certain standardized technologies, including determining whether the patents are essential for the relevant standard. He helps draft the agreements for forming and managing the pool under which essential patents are made available in a single license. He has appeared before the European Commission Directorate General for Competition in connection with patent pools to answer questions in connection with a pool license. 
  • Mr. Coles’ patent litigation experience covers video compression (MPEG-2), digital broadcast television (ATSC), mobile media, object-oriented software, and semiconductor manufacturing. He also has extensive knowledge on RAND (“reasonable and nondiscriminatory”) damages recoverable for infringement of standard essential patents. Mr. Coles has successfully defended his clients against allegations of anticompetitive conduct. 
  • Mr. Coles has provided patent procurement advice in “high stakes” applications being considered for licensing or enforcement or that are from patent families involved in litigation. 


Publications and Speeches

  • Anthony C. Coles et al., Patent Pool Fundamentals, Lexis Practical Guidance 

Civic Involvement

  • Mr. Coles works with the Veteran’s Assistance Project, New York City Bar Justice Center to provide disabled, low-income veterans in New York City with pro bono legal assistance on issues related to their claims for benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  


  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D. 

with distinction 

Hofstra Labor Law Journal, Associate Editor  

Excellence in Evidence Award 1989 

  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.E. in Electrical Engineering  

Previous Experience

  • Proskauer Rose, LLP, Partner 


  • New York 
  • Connecticut  
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office 
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York  
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York 
  • Accredited to appear before the Veterans Administration 

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