Richard S. Stockton
Attorney, Banner & Witcoff, LTD., Adjunct Professor of Law
B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; J.D., University of Illinois
B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; J.D., University of Illinois College of Law Richard Stockton has experience with a diverse array of intellectual property matters. Professor...Continue Reading
B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; J.D., University of Illinois College of Law Richard Stockton has experience with a diverse array of intellectual property matters. Professor Stockton has actively contributed to numerous technology-intensive patent litigation, opinion and prosecution matters involving, for example, computer software design, digital rights management, embedded systems, semiconductors, digital signal processing, digital communications and biomedical instruments. He has a strong understanding of the concepts underlying these technologies and is also fluent in C, C++ and assembly language. Professor Stockton has obtained trademark registrations and counsels clients on trademark litigation and prosecution strategies. He also has experience with federal court and WIPO arbitration avenues for recovering domain names from cybersquatters. In the copyright field, Professor Stockton secured the release of a large shipment of compact discs wrongly detained by the U.S. Customs Service on suspicion of copyright infringement and advises clients on domestic and international aspects of copyright law. Professor Stockton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997, where he was a member of the Mortar Board, Eta Kappa Nu, Knights of St. Patrick and Senior 100 honor societies. Professor Stockton graduated, cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2000, where he was the Student Editor-in-Chief of The University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy and the Legislation Editor of the Illinois Law Update section of The Illinois Bar Journal. He participated in the Giles S. Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court competition, was a founding editor of Modern Trends in Intellectual Property and received a Rickerts award for his extracurricular contributions at the College of Law. Professor Stockton continues his involvement with the University of Illinois as a member of the President’s Council. He also serves as a volunteer instructor for the Illinois Imprint leadership program, a co-coordinator of the IP Mentoring Program, and a coordinator of the Michael Massing Scholarship Fund. In addition, Professor Stockton has served as a panelist or moderator at the University of Illinois College of Law, Northwestern University School of Law and The John Marshall Law School. Professor Stockton has experience with governmental relations as well. While in law school, he authored the enrolled bill version of Public Act 91-778, which substantially amended the University of Illinois Board of Trustees Act, and lobbied extensively for its passage. In addition, Richard interned for a Congressman and served as a legislative extern to the Illinois House of Representatives. Richard has co-authored the following articles, "The Patent and the Pendulum - The oscillating interface between Antitrust and Patent Law," "Hot Topics in Patent Litigation: The Antitrust/Patent Interface, Uncertain Certainty in the On-Sale Bar, and the Resurrection of Prosecution Laches," and "The Duty of Disclosure And the Exception of 'Cumulative' Prior Art." Richard is admitted to the Illinois State Bar and is also admitted to practice in the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a registered patent attorney. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Richard practices in the Chicago office of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.