Michael Rocco Cannatti

Michael Rocco Cannatti, Partner

Mr. Cannatti is a founding partner in Terrile, Cannatti, Chambers & Holland, LLP, working in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent applications; opinion of counsel analysis of patent infringement and validity issues; and related intellectual property matters. Comprehensive technical experience with semiconductor design and fabrication processes; electrical/electronic devices, circuits, systems, and computer software; microprocessor and memory design and operation; telecommunication and wireless signaling technology; natural language processing applications for artificial intelligence computer systems; and in-band on-channel digital radio systems

Married to Ann Phipps, Mr. Cannatti spends most of his time away from work with his family.  He also spends way too much time volunteering extensively with various civic and neighborhood association activities. To relax, he enjoys biking to work and swimming in Barton Springs.

Prior Experience

  • Hamilton & Terrile, LLP (2002-2013) - Partner
  • Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP (1996-2002) - Partner
  • Sidley & Austin (1996) - Senior Associate
  • Richards, Medlock & Andrews (1989-1996) - Associate

Professional Memberships

  • Chair, Electronic & Computer Law Committee, Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (2004-2007)
  • Member, Opinions Committee, Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (2005-2007)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Travis County Bar Association


  • University of Notre Dame, 1985, B.S. in Electrical Engineering
  • Cambridge University, 1986, Informally audited classes
  • University of Texas School of Law, 1989, J.D.


  • Annual CLE training on patent law topics
  • A Perspective Of Ethical Considerations By A “Young IP Litigator” PATENT AND TRADEMARK SEMINAR Co-sponsored by the Austin Young Lawyers Association & Travis County Bar Association (August 27, 1999)
  • Trademarks On The Internet: Domain Name Owner v. Trademark Owner, THIRTY-FOURTH ANNUAL INSTITUTE ON PATENT LAW sponsored by The Southwest Legal Foundation (November 21-22, 1996)

Community Activity

  • Barton Springs Conservancy, Founder and President (2014-present)
  • West Austin Neighborhood Group, Secretary and Past President (1999-present)
  • Leadership Austin Essential Class of 2010
  • Friends of Barton Springs Pool, Board member and Past President (2009 to present)
  • City of Austin Building and Fire Code Board of Appeals, Past Vice Chair (2008-2015)
  • Residential Development Regulation Task Force (so-called “McMansion Task Force”) (2006)