Rebecca P. Rokos
Rebecca Rokos focuses her practice on patent prosecution, counseling and licensing, primarily in the chemical, mechanical and design arts. She assists clients ranging from small, privately-held companies to Fortune 100 corporations with managing their utility and design patent portfolios in more than 70 jurisdictions, including portfolios having over 5,000 assets. She helps clients develop global strategies to expand and optimize their scope of intellectual property protection and maximize the value of their intellectual property budgets. With 20 years of experience, Rebecca works closely with clients to achieve their business objectives through creative and targeted solutions.
As a registered patent attorney, she has successfully prepared and prosecuted utility and design patent applications on such diverse subject matter as chemical compounds, artificial and natural sweeteners, bottles and other product packaging, beverage formulations, coating materials, functional food and beverage ingredients, brooms and other household cleaning tools, food processing, fertilizers, vending equipment, environmental control systems, railcars, and medical devices. Rebecca conducts patentability, validity and infringement evaluations and works with clients to develop innovative solutions for avoiding exposure to liability. Additionally, she has drafted and successfully negotiated numerous technology and license agreements.
Rebecca relates her ability to effectively prosecute patent applications, manage portfolios and counsel clients to her experience with patent litigation. Having actively participated in all phases of litigation, she calls on this experience to establish strong intellectual property rights for her clients.
Before receiving her law degree, Rebecca was employed as a project engineer for an environmental consulting firm, working on hazardous waste site remediation projects and environmental control systems, as well as providing regulatory compliance services. She also has experience with water and wastewater treatment systems.
Rebecca earned a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois. She earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan, where she was Executive Note Editor for the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.
Rebecca is featured in Crain’s 2018 Notable Women Lawyers in Chicago, a special section of the publication that celebrates senior-level women in law who have made significant contributions to the industry over the last year. She is also recognized in Leading Lawyers, a distinction awarded to only 5 percent of practicing attorneys in Illinois.
Rebecca is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Chicago Women in IP (ChiWIP). She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.
She practices in the Chicago office of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
Ten South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606-7407
B.S. 1990, University of Michigan
M.S. 1993, University of Illinois
J.D. 1996, University of Michigan
Supreme Court of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office