Howard B.
Rockman, P.C.
40+ Years experience in Patents
Registered Patent Attorney & Partner
at Rockman, Videbeck & O'Connor, LLC

Representative Matters

Represented clients in all phases of litigation of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret cases in Federal and State courts.
  • Prepared and prosecuted numerous patent applications on inventions in mechanical and electromechanical technologies before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and foreign patent and trademark offices.
  • Prepared appeal briefs and presented oral argument of appeals before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.
  • Prepared patent novelty and infringement opinions for clients on a wide range of technology.
  • Prepared and prosecuted numerous trademark applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Prepared appeal briefs and oral arguments before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board regarding trademark applications.
  • Researched and prepared trademark availability opinions.
  • Prepared copyright applications and prosecution of same before the U.S. Copyright Office. Obtained first copyright registration for a gemstone design to be issued by the U.S. Copyright Office.
  • Prepared and negotiated license agreements related to all phases of intellectual property.

Teaching Positions

  • Adjunct Professor, “Patent Law Practice and Planning” and “Advanced Patent Claim Drafting,” The John Marshall Law School (1987-present)
  • Adjunct Professor, “Engineering Law and Intellectual Property Law for Engineers,” Masters of Engineering degree program, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Engineering, 1999-present.
  • Speaker on “Engineering Management of Intellectual Property,” Patent Resources Group.


  • “The Practice of Intellectual Property Law,” Chicago Law Bulletin Co., May 1995.
  • “Intellectual Property Law for Engineers and Scientists,” John Wiley & Sons/IEEE, May 2004.
  • “The Proposed Drug Industry Antitrust Act – Patents, Pricing and the Public,” 30 George Washington Law Review 875 (1962)
  • An Internet Delivered Course: “Intellectual Property Law for Engineers & Scientists,” ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, October 24, 2004.
  • “Obtaining U.S. Copyright Registration for the Elara Square Cut-Cornered Brilliant Diamond,” Gems & Gemology, Fall, 2003, vol. 39, Issue 3.
  • “Developing and Maintaining a Profitable IP Strategy,” President & CEO, JCDX, Inc., May 2004.


  • Frequent participant as lecturer, and often chaired, annual John Marshall Law School Intellectual Property Law Conference. Participated in John Marshall sponsored lecture series in Brno, Czech Republic, and courses for Patent Examiners of China Patent Office.
  • Presented tutorials on Intellectual Property Law to engineer and engineer manager audiences at professional engineering society meetings:
    • The Role of the Technology Professional in the Creation, Development, Management and Use of Intellectual Property,” IEEE Region 4 Fall Conference, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, October 27, 2004.
    • The Technology Professional and Intellectual Property,” EIT 2004 IEEE Conference, Milwaukee School of Engineering, August 26, 2004.
    • Recent presentation on Patent law; Kansas State Bar Association; “Obviousness.”


    2009   Howard B. Rockman, P.C.  
2006 - 2008   Of Counsel. Sachnoff & Weaver/Reed Smith LLP  
2000 - 2006   Partner.  Lee, Mann, Smith et al/Barnes & Thornburg  
1968 - 2000   Partner and associate in IP Law Firms in Chicago  
1963 - 1968   Patent Attorney. U.S. Department of Justice, Washington D.C., Antitrust Division and Patent Litigation Section, Civil Division  
1959 - 1963   Patent Examiner. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office  

Legal Education

1963   J.D., with honors, George Washington University Law School  

Undergraduate Education

1959   B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University
Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma Engineering Honor Societies

Professional Admissions/Qualifications

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Illinois
  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar

Professional Affiliations

  • Registered U.S. Patent Attorney
  • Adjunct Professor, Patent Law Practice and Planning and Advanced Patent Claim Drafting, The John Marshall Law School (1987-present)
  • Adjunct Professor, Engineering Law and Intellectual Property Law for Engineers, Masters of Engineering degree program, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Engineering, 1999-present.
  • Former President, Homewood-Flossmoor High School Foundation
  • Member, American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Member, Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE)
  • Officer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Judge Advocate General Corps, active duty and reserves, 1960-1968, rank of Captain