Mr. Benasutti concentrates his practice in the trial of patent, trademark, copyright, and unfair
competition cases in the State and Federal courts throughout the country, including both bench
and jury trials, and before the International Trade Commission. He has argued appeals in the
Federal Courts of Appeal, including the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has been lead
trial counsel in the litigation of patents involving food processing, lead acid electric storage batteries,
storage battery manufacturing equipment, television rental systems, waste water treatment systems,
national consumer product trademark and radio service mark actions, and in cases involving
computer programs, audio/visual works and copyrights. He has also served as an expert in federal
and state court litigation involving patents, copyrights and legal malpractice.
In the United States Patent and Trademark Office, he has handled inter partes matters such as
patent interference proceedings and trademark cancellation and opposition proceedings from
their inception through disposition by the Patent Office Boards for over 35 years. He has prepared
and filed more than 1,000 patent applications, including domestic, foreign and design cases. In
order to distinguish close cases in important or significant invention developments, he has
successfully used comparative testing of the prior art to distinguished the invention from the art
and obtain the patent. He has been engaged in advising clients on, and in the drafting of, licenses
and assignments, for over 30 years.
He is the author of the "The New Rules Of Professional Conduct", The PBA Quarterly, Oct., 1983
Vol. LIV, No. 4; "The Patentable Invention," ASME publication, No. 76-DE-18, 1973; "Weighing The
Risk Of Patent Infringement", ASME, NO., 76-DE-1, 1976; as well as many articles for the Pennsylvania
Bar and Philadelphia Bar Associations' publications.
Bar Association Activities:
As Co-Chair of the Craig S. Barnard American Inns Of Court Program Committee, he wrote the
Program for the Inns and was a presenter for the year 2002-2003. He was the Group Leader, Inner
Temple and Co-Chair of the Inns Mentoring Committee. He presented a CLE program in Orlando
for the Florida Bar on the effective use of film and video in pretrial, trial, post-trial and appeal
proceedings. He was the moderator and initial speaker on Litigation Science - "The Effective Use
of Video in Presenting Your Case" at the American Intellectual Property Law Association's Spring
Meeting in Minneapolis, MN 1998; later presented to the Colorado Bar, July, 1998 and the Patent
Law Association of South Florida, Dec. 1998. Chair of the Cultural Activities Committee and founder
the Theater Group, for the Palm Beach County Bar Association. He was Chairman of the House of
Delegates of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He chaired the Drafting Committee which revised
into final form the New Rules of Professional Conduct adopted by the Supreme Court of
Pennsylvania. Since then, he has given presentations for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute,
Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations and other professional groups on those Rules.
He is a three-time recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Special Achievement Award,
1981-1982, 1983-1984 and 1987-1988. Fellow of the ABA Foundation; Fellow of the PBA Foundation;
PBA delegate to the BAA's House of Delegates 1986, 1987 and 1988. Awarded Fidelity Award in
1983 by Philadelphia Bar Association for service in the improvement of the administration of justice
by virtue of efforts toward the development and adoption of appropriate rules governing
professional responsibility. He is an author, lecturer and panelist in matters of legal ethics,
professional responsibility, substantive patent law and trial practice, and has taught in the
Pennsylvania College of the Judiciary.
He has been a performer at the Kravis Center for the Palm Beach County Pro Bono Awards Program.
Chair, Bermuda Village Homeowners Association.
Memberships (Current and Former):
Current member, Florida State Bar association. Former: Member Palm Beach County Bar
Association; South Palm Beach County Bar Association; Intellectual Property Law Association of
Florida; American Intellectual Property Law Association; Philadelphia Bar Association, Member,
Board of Governors, 1981-1983; Chairman, Professional Guidance Committee, 1977-1979; Chairman,
Professional Responsibility Committee; Chairman, Fidelity Award Committee, 1980. Admitted to
the Bar in 1966 in New Jersey, in 1969 in Pennsylvania, and in 1996 in Florida. Admitted US Court
of Appeals for Federal Circuit, 1969; and US Supreme Court; and numerous Federal Appellate and
District Courts; registered to practice before US Patent and Trademark Office.
Villanova University (J.D., 1965).
Drexel University (Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, 1961); Work Study Program
included teaching math, science and physics at Central High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
and working as a design engineer for hydraulic and pneumatic missile control systems for
Central High School (B.A., 1955, Philadelphia)
Taught descriptive geometry in the Engineering School of Villanova University (1963).
Mechanical Engineer, Radio Corporation of America, Camden, New Jersey (1962-1963)turhj