Robert Cannuscio has been a trusted legal advisor to clients around the globe on their most sophisticated intellectual property matters for more than 25 years. Regularly recognized as one of the nation’s leading intellectual property lawyers, Robert partners with clients to protect key technology, execute branding and trademark initiatives, and use legal tactics to shut down predatory competitors in the marketplace. A former engineer and an inventor on four patents, Rob brings a passion for the rights of creatives and an eye for detail to all client engagements.

Intellectual Property Counseling and Strategy

Rob’s multidisciplinary approach to IP strategy matches the increasingly collaborative nature of client innovation and spans patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and trade dress. Rob primarily represents clients in domestic and foreign patent prosecution, litigation, and software and technology licensing. He also works with large retailers on branding initiatives and with consumer product companies on packaging design and supply agreements.

Representative Experience

M&A and Corporate Deals

  • Represented EPAM Systems in its acquisition of PolSource Ltd.
  • Represented Avantor in its acquisition of Masterflex, LLC
  • Represented Quaker Chemical in its acquisition of Houghton International
  • Represented FGI Industries in s spin-off and IPO
  • Represented Legrand North America in its acquisition of Raritan, Inc.
  • Represented Spectronics Corporation in its acquisition of H&I Manufacturing
  • Represented Graham Partners in the acquisition of numerous portfolio companies
  • Represented Urban Outfitters in its acquisition of Vetri restaurants


  • Represented Penske Truck Leasing, LP in various IP enforcement actions
  • Represented Chelsea Building Products in patent litigation involving window frames
  • Represented Urban Outfitters in various trademark enforcement actions worldwide

Technical Background

Rob frequently shepherds patent and licensing matters related to mechanical and electromechanical devices, material and system processing, manufacturing operations, medical devices and procedures, computer and internet technologies, and the design and manufacture of aircraft structures, propulsion systems and flight controls.

Rob spent 10 years as an engineer with Fairchild Republic Company, where he worked on fixed-wing military aircraft, and with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, where he worked on both civilian and military helicopters.

Personal Interests

Rob enjoys anything outdoors, including cycling, skiing and hiking.

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Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


Pace University School of Law
J.D. (1994)

Polytechnic Institute of New York University
M.S.M.E. (1989)

Polytechnic Institute of New York University
B.S.M.E. (1985)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Rob provides legal guidance to a board of a national church endowment fund. He has provided counseling and assistance to startups and nonprofits on intellectual property issues.

Professional Associations

  • Armenian Bar Association — Former Board of Governors Trustee; Former Chairman
  • Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association — Former President
  • Benjamin Franklin Inn of Court — Former President
  • Pace University School of Law — Intellectual Property Law Society (Co-Founder)

Civic Activities

  • St. Sahag & St. Mesrob Armenian Church — Youth Committee Treasurer, 2000-present
  • St. Sahag & St. Mesrob Armenian Church — Permanent Endowment Fund Trustee, 2018-present
  • Armenian Church Endowment Fund — Trustee, Secretary, 2013-present


  • Chambers USA — Pennsylvania, Intellectual Property, 2005-23
  • Best Lawyers® — Patent Law, 2016-24
  • World Trademark Review 1000 — World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (Pennsylvania), 2024
  • Intellectual Asset Management’s World Leading Patent Practitioners, 2015-16
  • Philadelphia Business Journal — Best of the Bar, 2018
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