Roger Rozanski Named New Director of the Chicago-Kent Patent Hub
Roger Rozanski has joined Chicago-Kent College of Law as the new director of the Chicago-Kent Patent Hub. Launched by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2011, the Patent Hub is one of 21 patent hubs around the country that were created under the America Invents Act to assist low-income inventors with the patent process and in securing patent protection.
Rozanski is an experienced attorney who focused his private practice on patent prosecution and intellectual property strategies. He has prepared and prosecuted domestic patent applications and foreign patent applications, and has a broad range of experience with mechanical, electromechanical, and computer-based technologies, including consumer products, user interfaces, smart phone technologies, wireless communications, and financial technologies.
While in private practice, Rozanski assisted numerous inventors as a pro bono volunteer attorney with the Patent Hub. He received awards from the USPTO each year for the past three years for contributing more than 50 hours of pro bono work to the Patent Hub.
“Besides his extensive experience in patent prosecution, Roger Rozanski has shown a commitment to public service,” says Edward Lee, Chicago-Kent professor of law and co-director of the Intellectual Property Law program. “During his interview, Roger's passion for helping others was palpable. We could not be more thrilled to have Roger’s vision and leadership to build on the successes of our Patent Hub and take it to new heights.”
In addition to overseeing the Patent Hub, Rozanski will teach the patent practicum course, in which students participate in the screening interviews of the inventors, prior art searches, and patentability reports. He will also contribute to the law school’s nationally ranked Intellectual Property Law program events and provide guidance to IP students. He becomes the second person to lead the Patent Hub following founder Mary Anne Smith’s retirement this summer.
Rozanski says he is “overjoyed with the opportunity to build upon such an amazing, effective, and impactful program that Mary Anne Smith has put together in her five years as director.”
“Knowing firsthand the satisfaction and richness of working with the inventors that come through the Patent Hub, I am eager to expand upon the experience of the law firms, the inventors, and the Chicago-Kent College of Law community with the Patent Hub,” Rozanski says. “I look forward to working alongside the talented attorneys and firms, as well as the talented staff and students at Chicago-Kent in fostering the growth and continued success of the Patent Hub.”
Rozanski is a graduate of Florida State University College of Law and earned his bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama. He was previously an associate at K&L Gates LLP and Foley & Lardner LLP.
The Chicago-Kent Patent Hub has matched qualified, under-resourced individual inventors and small businesses with volunteer patent attorneys in Illinois since 2015. It currently has 78 attorneys from 21 law firms providing pro bono assistance to inventors. Through June 2020, attorneys have donated more than 5,500 pro bono hours and have facilitated the granting of 45 patents.