Travis W. Bliss, Ph.D.

Travis W. Bliss, Ph.D.

Practice Areas
  • Widener University, J.D., 2007, summa cum laude
  • University of Delaware, Ph.D., 2004, Animal Science focusing on Molecular Genetics, Immunology, and Biotechnology
  • University of Delaware, B.S., 1999, Animal Science with a concentration in Agricultural Biotechnology; Biology Minor


Bar Admissions
  • Delaware Supreme Court
  • District of Delaware

Travis W. Bliss, Ph.D. Partner

Philadelphia: 302.394.6002   F: 215.965.1331   E:

Dr. Travis Bliss counsels a variety of clients ranging from individual inventors to small businesses to Fortune 500 companies in nearly all aspects of intellectual property law. He considers multiple facets of intellectual property law when counseling a client on an IP issue, thereby providing his clients with a comprehensive view of the IP landscape. Travis prepares and prosecutes patent applications; litigates patent, trademark, and other IP disputes in federal and state courts; represents clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board; counsels clients in a variety of IP issues, including due diligence, FTO, infringement, and patentability; and prepares and negotiates IP licenses. Travis’s flexibility and adaptability to consider and work in the newest legal proceedings and technologies give value to clients who are looking for optimal solutions specific to their business needs.

Travis served as chair of the IP Biotechnology & Life Sciences Practice Group at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney P.C. before joining Panitch Schwarze. From a technology standpoint, Travis's practice falls largely within the life sciences field, including pharmaceuticals and biologics, diagnostic testing methods/apparatus, and treatment methods.  Travis’s practice also includes a large focus on novel plant varieties in the agriculture, horticulture, and cannabis/hemp industries, including procuring patent and trademark protection for novel varieties and monetizing those IP rights through licensing. His efforts in IP counseling in procurement in the cannabis and hemp space have allowed Travis to be ranked as a “Band 1” attorney in the area of Cannabis Law by Chambers USA.

Whether counseling clients on the most advantageous intellectual property avenues to pursue for a particular technology or counseling clients on the most practical ways to avoid or overcome the intellectual property of competitors, Travis strives to assist his clients from the planning stages all the way through execution to make sure his clients are getting the most out of their intellectual property assets.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Travis earned both a bachelor of science degree and a Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Delaware, with course work and research that focused on animal and plant genetics, molecular immunology, biotechnology, and bioinformatics. His Ph.D. dissertation addressed gene expression in avian macrophage cells using EST libraries and DNA microarrays, and he also participated in research projects that involved diagnostic testing, pathogen identification, vaccine analysis, and cell culture. These undergraduate and graduate programs gave Travis technical experience in numerous areas of the chemical and biological arts.

In addition to his regular legal work, Travis volunteers as a pro bono child attorney for the Delaware Office of the Child Advocate.  He also serves on his neighborhood civic association and volunteers as a coach for softball, wrestling, and basketball for a local youth club. In his spare time, he is an avid gardener and he also enjoys making hard cider from locally sourced sweet apple cider.

Recent Presentations:

  •  IP Licenses as an Additional Layer of Protection (part of a panel presentation on IP Law for Hemp), presented at World Ag Expo, Tulare, CA, Feb. 2020
  • IP Protection for Cannabis Producers: Analysis of 4 Major Types of IP Available for Novel Plant Cultivars & How They Apply to Cannabis & Hemp, presented at 9th CannaGrow Expo, Palm Springs, CA, Aug. 2019
  • Plant Variety Protection for Vegetatively Reproduced Varieties in the USA, presented at CIOPORA Academy Workshop, Chicago, IL, Aug. 2019
  • Intellectual Property Protections for Novel Plant Varieties, presented at Cultivate '19, Columbus, OH, July 2019
  • IP Options in the U.S. for novel ornamental and fruit varieties, presented at CIOPORA Annual General Meeting, Stellenbosch, South Africa, April 2019

Recent Articles:

  • The ABCs of CBD: 5 Big Questions Businesses Should Ask Before Entering the CBD Market, Travis W. Bliss and William A. Garvin, June 3, 2019, published on
  • Have a Great Cannabis Idea? Here's How and Why to Apply for a Patent, Deanna deBara, Apr. 4, 2019, (Travis Bliss interviewed and quoted for the article)
  • Farm Bill Brings IP Options for Breeders of New Plants, Travis Bliss and Stephany Small, Jan. 8, 2019, Law360
  • New Intellectual Property Protections Available for Asexually Reproduced Plants, Stephany G. Small and Travis W. Bliss, Jan. 2, 2019, published on
  • Evidence in Patent Cases, Chapter 24, Travis Bliss, Oct. 2018, published by AIPLA & Bloomberg Law
  • In the Realm of Protection Against Enforcement of the CSA Against Cannabis Businesses, All Is Not Lost, Travis W. Bliss, Jan. 23, 2018, published on LinkedIn



  • CIOPORA (International Community of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Horticultural Plant Varieties), member and frequent educator, 2014 – present
  • AmericanHort, member and frequent educator, 2017 – present

Articles & Presentations

Panitch Schwarze Attorneys to Present Webinar on Paragraph IV Litigation, IPRs, and New Settlement Risks // March 26, 2020
Travis W. Bliss, Ph.D., Erin M. Dunston and Philip L. Hirschhorn will discuss IP litigation strategies in Strafford Webinar Read more

Panitch Schwarze Adds Biotechnology and Life Science Experts to IP team // March 3, 2020
Bliss and Small bring a wealth of experience in life sciences field, including novel plant varieties Read more

Honors & Awards

  • Ranked Band 1 in Cannabis Law, Chambers USA, 2019
  • David B. Brown Pro Bono Service Award from Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, 2011

Get To Know

Travis serves as president of his neighborhood civic association and volunteers as a coach for softball, wrestling, basketball and soccer for a local youth club. In his spare time, he is an avid gardener, growing vegetables and fruits. He also enjoys making hard cider from locally sourced apple cider.


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