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.

Admissions

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

Affiliations

  • 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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