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Mr. Coggio is Of Counsel to the New York office of Fish & Richardson. He has extensive law firm experience as a senior trial attorney and counselor and has litigated disputes across a wide range of technologies with a particular focus in chemical, pharmaceutical, medical devic​e, and biotechnology. He has also been involved in cases before the International Trade Commission and in various foreign countries including Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Italy, and the Netherlands. In addition, Mr. Coggio has also represented clients in numerous cases under the Hatch-Waxman Act and has written and lectured extensively on this and related topics in this country, Europe, Canada and Japan. He is presently an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School and before that, at New York Law school, where he teaches a course in patent litigation.


LL.M., New York University School of Law 1980
Trade Regulations

J.D., Fordham University School of Law 1974
Editor, Fordham Law Review
cum laude

B.S., Manhattan College 1971
Chemical Engineering


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 1975
  • New York 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Other Distinctions

Recognized as a 2013 Top Rated – AV® PreeminentTM Lawyers in Intellectual Property Law.

Adjunct Professor, Fordham Law School (1999-present)

Adjunct Professor, New York School of Law (1995-1998)


He consults various pharmaceutical companies on aspects of the Hatch-Waxman Act and prepares validity and infringement opinions on life sciences issues. For example, most recently, he was in charge of a world-wide patent analysis of hundreds of medical device patents dealing with drug delivery systems.

Representative Publications and Presentations

"Can Reference Product Sponsor Forfeit Right To Sue Under BPCIA?" co-authored with Ron Vogel, Law360 (July 25, 2016)

"What the Court Got Wrong About Hatch-Waxman in Alcon" co-authored with Ron Vogel, Law360 (February 1, 2016)

"Fed. Cir. Limits Safe Harbor for Post-Approval Conduct" co-authored with Ron Vogel, Law360 (November 17, 2015)

"Safe Harbor Protects Supplier of Active Ingredient for ANDA" co-authored with Ron Vogel, Law360 (September 29, 2015)

"Process Patents Are Vital In Biotech — Why Not Extend Them?" co-authored with Peter Ludwig, Law360 (August 10, 2015)

"Hatch-Waxman Action: Who Do You (Can You) Sue?," Pharmaceutical Compliance Montior (June 3, 2015)

"Commil v. Cisco – Who Really Won?" IP Law360 (June 2, 2015)

"Personal Jurisdiction in Hatch-Waxman Actions in view of Daimler," Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor (June 1, 2015)

"Post-Approval Conduct and the Hatch-Waxman Safe Harbor," Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor (April 1, 2015)

"The Trouble with Commil is DSU," Law360 (January 29, 2015)

"Inter Partes Review by Hatch-Waxman Competitors Will Likely Increase Because of the Effect of IPR Decisions on the 30-Month Stay," BioTechnology Rept. Vol 33, No. 6:249-51 (December 2014)

"Is Stockpiling Protected By Hatch-Waxman Safe Harbor?," Law360 (November 21, 2014)

"Drug Labels Can Provide Specific Intent for Inducement," IP 360 (October 3, 2014), cited in the Brief for the United States as Amicus Curiae supporting the Petition for Certiorari, in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc., Nos. 13-896 and 13-1044.

"A Common Sense Discussion of Patenting Medical Diagnostics," Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (April 15, 2014)

"In Vivo Conversion as Inducement to Infringe," Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor (February 14, 2014)

"Hatch-Waxman safe harbor expansion continues," Fish Litigation Blog (February 12, 2014)

"Research Tools and the Hatch-Waxman Safe Harbor," 22 Biotechnology Law Report 1 (November 1, 2014)

"License to Infringe on Research Tool Patents," 33 Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News 17, page 10 (October 1, 2013)

Co-Chair, "ACI’s 12th Advanced Forum on Biotech Patents: Comprehensive and Practical Biotech Patent Prosecution and Litigation Strategies for a Rapidly Evolving Legal Climate (Boston, November 30 – December 1, 2010)

Speaker, "Learning to Navigate the New Limits and Boundaries of The Safe Harbor," 11th Annual Maximizing Pharmaceutical Patent Life Cycles (New York, October 6-7, 2010)

"The Patentability of Drug Enantiomers," 190 N.J.L.J. 51 (October 1, 2007)

"Scope of the Safe Harbor Exemption of the Hatch-Waxman Act After Merck v. Integra Lifesciences," 15 Fordham Intellectual Prop. L.J. (2005)

"Overview of Patent Litigation," 11(1) IP Litigator 1 (2005)

"’CREATE’ Act of 2004 Extends ‘Safe Harbor’ Aspects of Patent Laws," N.Y.L.J. 4 (Feb. 3, 2005)

"The Right to a Jury Trial in Actions for Patent Infringement and Suits for Declaratory Judgment," 13 Fordham Intellectual Prop. L.J. 205 (2002), reprinted as Chapter 21, "Survey of Developments of Intellectual Property and Technology Law" (WebCredenza, Inc. 2004)

"New Horizons in Patent Litigation: ‘Discovering’ Electronic Information," N.Y.L.J. S4 (October 12, 2004)

"Recent Federal Circuit Decisions of Significance to Biotech/Pharmaceutical Practitioners", appearing in "Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Law 2004″ (Practising Law Institute, October 2004)

"Electronic Discovery: Where We Are and Where We are Headed," 16 Int’l Prop. & Tech. L.J. 16 (March 2004)

"Recent Developments Regarding The Hatch-Waxman Act," N.Y.L.J. S2 (Jan. 26, 2004)

"Can the Seventh Amendment Ever Require That the Defense of Inequitable Conduct be Presented to a Jury?," 9 (7) IP Litigator 1 (2003)

"The Period of Liability for Patent Infringement," 10(7) IP Today 36 (2003)

"Overview Of Patent Litigation" appearing in "What Every Litigator Must Know About Intellectual Property 2003″ (Practising Law Institute, July 2003), updated July 2004

Contributor: "Patent Disputes: Litigation Forms and Analysis," Battersby & Grimes (Aspen Pub. 2003)

Contributor: "Trademark & Copyright Disputes: Litigation Forms and Analysis," Battersby & Grimes (Aspen Pub. 2003)

"Disqualification of Opinion Counsel as Trial Counsel When an Advice of Counsel Defense is Asserted," 9(2) IP Litigator 11 (2003)

"Integra Life Sciences I Ltd. v. Merck KGaA: Exemptions For Research Tool Patents," 9(3) IP Strategist 6 (2002)

"Court is Taking a Dim View of Best-Mode Defense," 25(12) Nat’l L.J., Sec. C. (Nov. 11, 2002)

"The Safe Harbor Provision of the Hatch – Waxman Act: Present Scope, New Possibilities, and International Considerations," 57 Food Drug L.J. 161 (2002)

"The Right to a Jury Trial Under the Waxman-Hatch Act – The Question Revisited and Resolved," 57 Food Drug L. J. 1 (2002)

"The Identification and Selection of Expert Witnesses," 6(3) IP Litigator 1 (2000)

"Adequate Notice: The Key to Obtaining Pre-Suit Damages in Patent Infringement Actions," 6(2) Met. Corp. Counsel 20 (1998)

"Arbitration of Patent Infringement Disputes," 6(3) Metropolitan Corp. Counsel 13 (1998)

"Avoiding Patent Infringement During the Drug Approval Process," N.Y.L.J. S4 (Mar. 9, 1998)

"The Application of the Patent Laws to the Drug Approval Process," 52 Food Drug L.J. 345 (1997)

"The Right to a Jury Trial in Actions Under the Hatch-Waxman Act," 52 Food Drug L.J. 259 (1997)

"Developing Pharmaceutical Products Without Fear of Patent Infringement," 5(6) Met. Corp. Counsel (1997)

"Are Clinical Trials Conducted to Obtain FDA Approval Fatal to Patent Validity?" 5(4) Met. Corp. Counsel (1997)

"The Utilization of U.S. Patents to Prevent the Importation and Sale of Gray Goods," 83 Trademark Rptr. 481 (1993)

"The Exercise of Patent Rights Through Multiple Exclusive Field-of-Use Licensing," 4 Rutgers Comp. & Tech. L.J. 383 (1985)

"History and Present Status of Gray Goods," 75 Trademark Rptr. 433 (1985), reprinted in Hawk, B., United States, Common Market and International Antitrust: A Comparative Guide (Prentiss Hall 1986)


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