William C. Rowland


Bill was a partner with Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis, one of the oldest and largest law firms in the United States focusing exclusively on intellectual property, until its lawyers and other professionals joined Buchanan in 2005. He has been a lecturer on the subject of patents and trademarks before many patent, engineering and community groups in the United States and abroad. He is a co-author of a book published in Japan by Kodansha Scientific Limited explaining U.S. law and patent expressions for Japanese.

While in law school, Bill was an intern at the United States Supreme Court.


  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • Past chair, Intellectual Property Law Section committees, American Bar Association Section of International Law
  • American Intellectual Property Law Education Fund
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Publications & Speeches

  • Proposed Changes to USPTO Regulations and Working With U.S. Law Firms, presentation to Infopat Group, Tokyo, Japan, February 2006
  • English Expressions and Examples of Sentences for Patents, Kodansha Scientific Ltd., 2005
  • Recent Changes to Section 102(e) of the U.S. Patent Laws, Journal of AIPPI-Japan, Vol. 46, No. 10, 2001
  • Supreme Court Issues Decision on Doctrine of Equivalents, IPLS Newsline, Virginia State Bar, Winter 1994
  • An Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights in the United States of America, presentation to the Fourth Gulf Marketing Conference, Bahrain, 1992
  • A Guide to Patents for Small Businesses, The Bent (of Tau Beta Pi), 1989
  • Patents: What it Takes to Protect Your Ideas, The Inc. Advisor, April 1986

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