Maria Scungio

Maria A. Scungio



Maria A. Scungio



  • Overview


    Maria Scungio is a member of the firm's Business Transactions and Intellectual Property + Technology Groups. She has more than 20 years of experience managing worldwide trademark portfolios, including transactional matters as well as protection, and intellectual property litigation. 

    Strategic Counseling 
    Maria advises Fortune 500 companies, mid-cap companies and start-up ventures (including well-known apparel, footwear, accessories, table ware, tobacco, food, beverage, pharmaceutical, music and publishing brands) in all phases of intellectual property asset creation, management, exploitation and enforcement in the U.S. and globally. She collaborates with clients to develop comprehensive long-term intellectual property strategies; educate clients on use of intellectual property protection to advance business goals and provides recommendations on best practices to streamline, simplify and enhance in-house daily operations in order to ensure optimal protection of intellectual property assets and to minimize risks to the client's business. 

    Maria handles all aspects of trademark, trade dress, copyright and design patent enforcement, including infringement actions in U.S. federal courts and before administrative tribunals, UDRP proceedings, takedown requests and anti-counterfeiting measures in coordination with U.S. Customs and foreign border protection agencies. She has experience drafting case dispositive motions;  preparing pleadings, discovery, motions, affidavits, briefs and protective orders; interviewing and preparing witnesses; advising on court and administrative proceedings in all phases internationally; supervising and strategizing with diverse international counsel; and providing legal analysis of intellectual property issues, factoring in risks and business objectives identified through close collaboration with clients and fully understanding the relevant industries. Maria also is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, where she teaches Trademark Law and Unfair Competition.

    Maria has served as the lead IP attorney on acquisitions and divestitures for a wide range of consumer brands, including pharmaceutical and personal care products, nutritional products, apparel and footwear, food, beverage alcohol, and table ware and home decorative items. She evaluates and counsels on strategies to optimize asset value and meet client business goals, which often evolve in the diligence and bid process. Maria is an experienced manager of internal team resources, matching skill sets to help fulfill multiple client objectives, fostering close collaboration with outside corporate counsel to ensure a timely and comprehensive  results for the business.

    Team Management 
    Maria manages teams of attorneys and staff, applying a dedicated team model for each client account requiring rapid and continuously updated evaluation of the client’s specific industry, marketplace activity, business objectives and competitive threats, in order to best achieve cost-efficient solutions for clients.

    In-House Counselor 
    Maria manages all aspects of global trademark portfolios, including clearance, prosecution, maintenance and enforcement of rights, working directly with clients to develop strategies to help achieve their business objectives. She has experience overseeing acquisition diligence, advising on trademark clearance and enforcement, review of media advertisements, promotions, proposed packaging and labeling from an IP perspective, partnering with client team members (legal and non-legal) to provide appropriately scalable and clear advice. 

    Trademark Portfolio Management and Design Protection 
    Maria has managed diverse portfolios of approximately 30,000 trademarks for clients in various industry sectors, including search, clearance, prosecution and defense of trademarks worldwide. She has served as counsel on the availability of design protection (copyright, trade dress, U.S. design patent, registered designs) and on the scope of asset protection, and advised on global rebranding projects, including drafting and negotiating trademark licenses, consent and settlement agreements; and making recommendations for portfolio maintenance and enforcement.

  • Experience
    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      International Trademark Association (1998 - Present)

      American Intellectual Property Law Association
      IP Harmonization Committee (2018 - Present)
      IP Practice in Europe (2018 - Present)
      Membership Committee

      AIPPI - International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
      AIPPI – US, Steering Committee (2005 - present)
      AIPPI – US, Chair (2016 - 2018)
      Standing Committee on Trademarks (2019 - Present)
      Second Vice-President (2022 - Current)

      New York American Inn of Court

      Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (2001 - 2012)
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Recognized as a Global Leader in Who's Who Legal: Trademarks 2020 (Copyright by Law Business Research Ltd)

    • Publications


      "U.S. Customs Recordation – A Valuable Enforcement Tool," published in IPWatchdog (1/4/2021)

      "Ready for 2021? Beware Non-Use of Your Trademarks in 2020," published in IPWatchdog (12/23/2020)

    • Presentations


      "Bottled Poetry: IP Rights Protection for Wine and Spirits," presented at the 2022 International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property World Congress (9/12/2022)
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      "75th IPG Seminar: Panel Discussion with U.S. Trademark Experts," hosted by JET (Japan External Trade Organization) for the Japanese-language speaking community in Japan and the U.S. (2/17/2022)
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      "New Trademark and Domain Name Law Developments," as part of the Practising Law Institute’s two-day program IP Issues in Business Transactions 2022 NY (1/4/2022)
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      "Trademark evergreening – limitations to re-filing," presented at the 2021 AIPPI Virtual World Congress (10/18/2021)
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      "IP Issues in Business Transactions 2021," (1/4/2021)
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      "American Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting," (10/21-30/2020)
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      "The Role of Fundamental Rights in Trademark Law," panel presentation at the 2020 AIPPI World Congress (virtual) (10/13/2020)
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      "New IP Issues Impacting Business Transactions: Copyrights, Trademarks, Domain Names, Patents and Trade Secrets," presented at the Practising Law Institute's IP Issues in Business Transactions 2020 (1/6/2020)
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      "Describe your best defense: trade mark infringement or not?" presented at AIPPI 2019 Congress (London) (9/17/2019)
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      "Personality rights - it's all about me © TM®," panel presentation at AIPPI 2018 Congress (Cancun) (9/25/2018)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • September 30, 2022

        Maria Scungio Elected Second Vice President of AIPPI International

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      • January 19, 2021

        Maria Scungio Authors Article on U.S. Customs Recordation as an Enforcement Tool Published on

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      • December 28, 2020

        Maria Scungio Authors Article on Non-use Trademarks Published on

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      • December 18, 2020

        Earl Phillips and Maria Scungio Recognized as Global Leaders by Who’s Who Legal

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      • September 23, 2019

        Maria Scungio Quoted in Managing IP Article on Trademark Fair Use

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      • May 22, 2019

        Jackie Scheib and Maria Scungio Attend INTA Annual Meeting

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      R+C News Releases

      • February 5, 2019

        Robinson+Cole Continues New York Growth with Addition of Intellectual Property Partner

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    • Legal Updates/Newsletters

      Legal Updates/Newsletters

      "IP+T Intelligence Newsletter" co-authored with John L. Cordani and Kayla C. O'Leary (Q4 2021)

      "IP+T: Intelligence Newsletter" co-authored with Brian E. Moran and John L. Cordani (Q4 2020)