12.13.14 | Richard S. Stockton

Richard S. Stockton


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Richard Stockton advises clients on all aspects of intellectual property law, including tactical and strategic counseling, portfolio management, litigation and prosecution matters. Exemplary achievements include:

  • Procuring >1,500 U.S. utility patents, design patents, trademark registrations and copyright registrations
  • Managing multiple IP portfolios with >1,000 properties worldwide; supporting transfer of >10,000 property portfolio
  • Serving as counsel of record in numerous patent, trademark and copyright litigations, and assisting with dozens more
  • Rendering many U.S. infringement, invalidity/unenforceability and freedom-to-operate opinions
  • Supervising infringement, invalidity and counterfeiting investigations and seizures
  • Drafting licensing agreements, cease and desist letters/responses and transfers to IP holding companies
  • Prevailing in dozens of domain name arbitrations before National Arbitration Forum, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and other providers; negotiated numerous no-decision settlements and acquisitions
  • Overseeing IP matters in >130 foreign jurisdictions

Richard earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UI) in 1997. He graduated from the UI College of Law cum laude in 2000, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of The University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy, the Legislation Editor of the Illinois Law Update section of The Illinois Bar Journal and a founder of Modern Trends in Intellectual Property. As an alumnus, Richard joined the Chicago Illini Leadership Council in 2014 (chairing it in 2015-16), and served on the Athletic Board from 2012-2016. He also served on the College of Law Board of Visitors from 2005-2011 and the Campus Alumni Advisory Board from 2006-2012. Richard is a member of various UI giving societies, including the President’s Council and John E. Cribbet Society. He is also a UI Alumni Association Life Member and frequently mentors law and engineering students.

Richard is an active and dedicated member of the bar. Exemplary awards and bar and teaching activities include:


  • “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” Law Bulletin Publishing Co., 2015
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (Illinois), 2008-2016
  • Law Bulletin’s Emerging Lawyers, 2015
  • IP Star, Managing IP magazine, 2013-2016

Bar Activities

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • Vice-Chair, Patent Litigation Committee, Section of Intellectual Property Law, 2013-Present
    • Co-Chair, Technology for the Litigator (TFL) Committee, Section of Litigation, 2010-13
    • Newsletter Editor-in-Chief, TFL Committee, 2006-10
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
    • Industrial Designs Committee, Vice-Chair, 2014-Present
    • Delegate, Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (WIPO, Geneva) (SCT), 31st and 33rd Sessions, 2014-2015
    • Chair, In re Owens Subcommittee, Industrial Design Committee, 2013-Present
    • Drafter, AIPLA comments to proposed regulations regarding Hague Agreement implementation
  • International Trademark Association (INTA), Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Committee
    • National Chair, 2016-Present; National Vice-Chair and Bench Memo Committee Chair, 2015-16
    • Chicago Regional Competition Chair, 2013-2015; Vice-Chair, 2011-2013; Committee Member, 2006-Present; Bailiff, 2000-06
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
    • Industrial Designs Committee, Member, 2013-Present
    • Delegate, WIPO SCT, 34th Session, 2015
  • ICANN IP Constituency, Banner & Witcoff Primary Representative, 2016-Present
  • Member: ABA, AIPLA, INTA, IPO, Illinois State Bar Association, IP Law Association of Chicago

Teaching Activities

  • Adjunct Professor, IP Litigation Pretrial Skills
    • Northwestern University (NU) School of Law, LITARB 614A, 2012-Present
    • Georgetown University Law Center, LAWJ-293-07, 2004-11
  • Guest Lecturer, Fundamentals of Legal Practice, UI College of Law, 2015-16
  • Class panelist, NU School of Law, UI College of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Richard frequently writes and presents on IP topics. Exemplary publications and presentations include:


Presentations and Panels

  • Moderator, “The Wide World of Designs: Best Practices for the Procurement of Design Patents Across Borders and in the U.S.,” AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute, 2016
  • Public Speaker, “Roundtable Event on the Written Description Requirement for Design Applications,” U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2014
  • Presenter, “Design and Utility Patents, Trade Dress, and Copyright: How to Prosecute and Enforce Multiple Layers of IP Protection,” IPO Chat Channel, 2013
  • “Design Patent Functionality After Egyptian Goddess and Richardson: The Assumption of Claim Construction Dysfunction and Gumption,” AIPLA Spring Meeting, 2013
  • “Owens Poems and High Point Haikus,” Industrial Design Committee Meeting at AIPLA Annual Meeting, 2013
  • Panelist, “Computer Fraud and Abuse Act,” Northwestern School of Law, 2013
  • “Shall I Complain or Abstain about a Domain,” Banner & Witcoff Corporate IP Seminar, 2012
  • New gTLD Overview, gTLD Opposition Overview, American Marketing Association Podcasts, 2011, 2012
  • Public Panelist, “Designs in Recent Court Decisions,” Design Day, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2010

Richard also has experience with governmental relations and policy. He prepared draft legislation for the Illinois General Assembly relating to the organic statute of the UI Board of Trustees, and served as a legislative extern to the Illinois House of Representatives. Richard also was an intern for a Congressman in Washington, D.C., during the 104th Congress. His other volunteer activities have included serving on the Chicago Public Schools Local School Council for Audubon Elementary School and the Champaign Liquor Advisory Commission, and volunteering as an instructor for Presidential Classroom for Young Americans.


Ten South Wacker Drive
Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60606-7407

T 312.463.5000
F 312.463.5001
E Emailrstockton@bannerwitcoff.com


B.S. 1997, University of Illinois

J.D. 2000, University of Illinois

Bar Admissions

2000, Illinois

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois