Robert C. Tapparo

Robert Tapparo

Robert Tapparo brings his study in the field of engineering to his practice of intellectual property law. Robert represents clients in Federal District Court and in proceedings before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on matters covering a wide range of technologies, including artificial intelligence, electrical circuits, and vehicle systems and controls. He has experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications, patent counseling, preparing infringement opinions, and patent litigations. Prior to joining Venable, Robert worked at an international intellectual property law firm in Washington, DC.



  • J.D. American University, Washington College of Law 2019
    • Note and comment editor, American University Business Law Review
    • Member, Intellectual Property Law Society
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering University of Wisconsin-Madison 2015

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association



  • Firefighter, emergency medical technician, and shift sergeant, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, 2016 – present