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. 

Mr. Coles received the New York City Bar Justice Center’s 2022 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award for his work representing indigent disabled veterans before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to obtain the disability benefits to which they are entitled.

Representative Experience

Representative Patent Evaluation Projects

Mr. Coles has advised his licensing administrator clients on infringement, licensing, and competition questions and has drafted licensing agreements for joint licensing of standard essential patents. He has met with regulators at the EU Directorate General on Competition to assist a licensing administrator client.

Mr. Coles has evaluated patents for essentiality to particular technical standards to determine whether the patents may be included in a multi-party licensing program. 

  • Sisvel International SA for:

            AV1 (video compression)

            VP9 (video compression)

            Wi-Fi 6 (wireless communications)

  • MPEG LA LLC for:

            HEVC (video compression)

            AVC (video compression)

      VC-1 (video compression)

            MPEG-DASH (streaming)

            EVS (audio compression)

  • One-Blue LLC (Blu-ray Disc, DVD, CD)
  • Premier BD (Blu-ray Disc)
  • IPXI (802.11n wireless communications)
  • 6C DVD (DVD)
  • Philips Joint (DVD, CD)

Representative Inter Partes Review

  • Fortinet Inc. v. BT Americas Inc., IPR2019-01326, successfully prevented institution of inter partes review of client’s patent by establishing that the IPR petition presented substantially the same arguments as previously considered by the US PTO. 

Representative Litigations

Mr. Coles has helped his clients assert their patents in the United States and abroad.  He has helped groups of leading technology developers enforce their standard essential patents pertaining to MPEG-2 video compression, ATSC digital broadcast television, and other technologies. 

  • Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Koninklijke Philips N.V., Thomson Licensing, GE Technology Development, Inc., Panasonic Corporation v. Sceptre, Inc., 2:14-cv-04994-ODW (C.D. Cal. 2014), represented owners of MPEG-2 video compression essential patents against infringer, including handling issues relating to FRAND royalty rates and patent damages for standard essential patents licensed in a patent pool.
  • Zenith Electronics LLC, Panasonic Corporation, and U.S. Philips Corporation v. Sceptre, Inc., 2:14-cv-05150 LAK (C.D. Cal. 2014), represented owners of ATSC terrestrial broadcast essential patents against infringer, including handling issues relating to FRAND royalty rates, patent damages for standard essential patents licensing in a patent pool, and defended against competition/antitrust counterclaims.

Honors & Awards

  • New York City Bar Justice Center’s 2022 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award

Publications and Speeches

  • Co-Author, Patent Pool Fundamentals, Lexis Practical Guidance 

Civic Involvement

Veteran’s Assistance Project through New York City Bar Justice Center, pro bono legal assistance 


Hofstra University School of Law, J.D. 

  • with distinction 
  • Hofstra Labor Law Journal, Associate Editor  

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

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