Brian E. Moran


  • Overview


    Brian Moran handles a variety of commercial litigation matters, with an emphasis on intellectual property, antitrust, and licensing disputes. He counsels clients with regard to patent, copyright, trademark, electronic commerce, and computer law as well as technology licensing matters. Mr. Moran is the co-author of three books, the first entitled e-counsel: The Executive's Legal Guide to Electronic Commerce; the second entitled The Executive's Antitrust Guide to Pricing, published in 2013 by Thomson Reuters; and the third entitled The Justice Imperative:  How Hyper-Incarceration Has Hijacked the American Dream, published by Significance Press in 2014.

    Mr. Moran has been involved in the enforcement of intellectual property rights throughout the United States. He also counsels clients on antitrust compliance and marketing and distribution issues, including vertical price restraints, customer and territorial allocations, volume discounts, price discrimination, promotional allowances and incentives, resale price maintenance, refusals to deal and dealer terminations, exclusive dealing arrangements, and tie-ins.

  • Experience
    • Experience


        Intellectual Property

      • Defended a patent infringement suit involving electro-osmotic dehydration techniques, the net result of which was a favorable business arrangement between the litigants.
      • Handled a patent infringement case for personal and beauty care appliance manufacturer. Succeeded in having a number of the claims dropped, including the trademark infringement and false advertising claims.
      • Successfully defended a patent infringement action involving a method for securing masonry walls.
      • Successfully represented an employer in a patent ownership and inventorship dispute brought by former employees. Secured a prejudgment attachment against each of the individual plaintiffs, thereby leading to a favorable settlement.
      • Defended a patent infringement action involving tampon cardboard applicators, which resulted in a favorable settlement.
      • Defended client in a copyright infringement case before the Southern District of New York. Successfully obtained summary judgment for the defendant in a copyright infringement action involving competing embryology textbooks.
      • Obtained summary judgment for a manufacturer of specialty pressure-sensitive, adhesive-coated films and foams in a patent infringement action based on a covenant not to sue in an asset purchase agreement. Also uncovered a terminal disclaimer covering a related patent that resulted in a six-figure refund of a prior license payment.
      • Representation of Imaginative Research Associates, a cosmetics and pharmaceutical research company, in an action brought to enforce intellectual property, noncompete, and confidentiality restrictions in a stock purchase agreement; defeated a motion for summary judgment and thereafter settled the action on favorable terms.

      • Obtained monetary judgment in favor of Columbus IT Partners US, Inc., a software developer/value-added reseller, after a five-day arbitration hearing in an action brought to enforce a contract concerning development and deployment of an enterprise software system before the American Arbitration Association.
      • Obtained summary judgement of a Connecticut financial data and software company in defense of a patent infringement action involving data compression technology in the Southern District of New York.
      • Representation of septic systems provider accused of infringing a patent for a filtering system in the sewage disposal industry. Obtained summary judgment of noninfringement in favor of our client.
      • Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement in the District of Delaware on behalf of a company providing a computer remote monitoring software application.

      • Antitrust

      • Successfully prosecuted three attempts to monopolize cases against AT&T and the Bell System on behalf of over fifty central station alarm companies.
      • Successfully handled an attempt to monopolize case on behalf of the number two long distance telephone company on Guam against the market leader.
      • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a resort development in South Carolina against a real estate brokerage firm, which had alleged Sherman Act violations.
      • Successfully handled the defense of a Robinson-Patman Act price discrimination case in Philadelphia involving cardboard business machine cores.
      • Counseled several national trade associations on antitrust compliance over the years, including the Aluminum Association, the Soap and Detergent Association, the Computer & Communications Industry Association, the American Translators Association, and the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association.
      • Successfully counseled a client and avoided an indictment in a Federal Trade Commissionn (FTC) price-fixing conspiracy investigation.
      • Other Experience

      • Successfully prosecuted a class action for Communications Act overcharges.
      • Obtained jury verdict on behalf of the sellers of a satellite technology company in a fraud action brought in federal court in Orlando.
      • Successful representation of PNBK Holdings, LLC, a special purpose bank holding company formed to acquire a controlling interest in Patriot National Bancorp.
      • Obtained summary judgment for Fortune 500 company in defense of claims that client had a continuing obligation to provide access to its wastewater treatment facilities, fire suppression system and parking lot for plaintiff's use of an adjacent commercial property.

      • Successfully litigated Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) fraud class actions in federal court in Chicago and Orlando on behalf of employees of a major national trucking firm.
      • Won jury verdict in federal court in Boston on breach of contract case against Lufthansa Congo.

      • Obtained a favorable settlement in a breach of contract/fraud action against a vendor of automated sales data collection services.

      • Obtained a favorable verdict after a five-day arbitration hearing involving a breach of an operating agreement governing a joint venture to develop an inn.

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      Brian Moran's Book
    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association

      American Bar Association

      Association for Corporate Growth, Connecticut Chapter

      Janet Bond Arterton IP Inn of Court
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Litigation - Intellectual Property since 2012 and Commercial Litigation since 2013

      Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® for Business Litigation in 2008 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

      Bridgeport Reentry Collaborative, Urdang-Torres Community Impact Award, 3/27/2015

      Winner of the 2006 Gold CQIA Innovation Prize, awarded by the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership, Inc., for the Success Program

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      United Way
      Former Chairman

      New Canaan Community Foundation
      Former Board Member

      The Inner City Foundation
      Board Member (2015 - Present)

      The Malta Justice Initiative
      Board Member (2014 - Present)

      The Success Foundation
    • Publications


      The Justice Imperative: How Hyper-Incarceration Has Hijacked the American Dream (2014)

      The Executive's Antitrust Guide to Pricing: Understanding Implications of Typical Marketing, Distribution, and Pricing Practices, co-author (2013)

      e-Counsel: The Executive's Legal Guide to Electronic Commerce, co-author (2000)

      Merger Case Digest 1982 (1984)
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    • Presentations


      "Criminal Justice Reform," at a colloquium hosted by Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut (4/10/2015)
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      "Criminal Justice & Corrections System in Connecticut: A Two-Part Series," featured speaker in the second program, sponsored by the Justice & Law Club of Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut (4/1/2015)
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      "Malta Justice Initiative Legislative Breakfast Forum," at the state Capitol (3/26/2015)
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      "The Justice Imperative," part of a panel discussion on Focus on Connecticut, a News 12 Connecticut program (2/7/2015)
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      "America's Criminal Justice System," interviewed by the Legal Broadcasting Network's Scott Drake (1/16/2015)
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      "Rethinking hyperincarceration: a better way to handle non-violent criminals," interviewed on the WESU radio program Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith (12/16/2014)
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      "U.S. Antitrust Compliance," at Fancy Foods Trade Show, New York City

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • October 27, 2015

        New York Times Publishes Brian Moran's Letter to the Editor

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      • May 14, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Succeeds in Obtaining Emergency TRO

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      • May 5, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Wins Patent Case in District of Delaware

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      • April 27, 2015

        Brian Moran Speaks on Prison Reform Throughout Connecticut

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      • April 7, 2015

        Brian Moran Receives Community Impact Award for The Justice Imperative

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      • February 6, 2015

        LBN Interviews Brian Moran on Justice Imperative

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      • January 9, 2015

        Brian Moran Discusses The Justice Imperative on WESU

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      • December 22, 2014

        Brian Moran's The Justice Imperative Receives Honorable Mention in TopTen Black Books of 2014

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      • November 20, 2014

        Brian Moran Authors Op-Ed About Connecticut Criminal Justice System

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      • October 24, 2013

        Brian Moran Co-Authors Antitrust Guide to Pricing

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      • January 4, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Partner Quoted on International Agreement to Bolster Intellectual Property Enforcement

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      R+C News Releases

      • August 15, 2017

        Fifty-Nine Robinson+Cole Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

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      • August 15, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

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      • November 10, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyer Receives CAPP 2015 Business Leadership Award

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      • August 18, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

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      • October 10, 2014

        The Justice Imperative Urges All Citizens to Rethink Our Criminal Justice System

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      • August 19, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • March 13, 2014

        Brian Moran Co-authors Antitrust Guidebook for Business Executives

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      • August 16, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • August 28, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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