Rockman, Videbeck & O'Connor, LLC
Patently Professional

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About Us


Howard B. Rockman

Practice Summary

Mr. Rockman is a registered patent attorney and partner with Rockman, Videbeck & O'Connor. Howard represents clients in  litigation of patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret cases in  Federal and State Courts, as well as clients seeking to secure domestic  and foreign intellectual property rights before the U.S. Patent and  Trademark Office, the U.S. Copyright Office, and similar intellectual  property offices throughout the world.  

Industry Experience

Howard began his legal career as a Patent Examiner at the U.S.  Patent and Trademark Office before moving on to his role as an Assistant  Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. He worked in the  Antitrust Division and Patent Litigation Sections of the Justice  Department. 

Teaching Positions

Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law: John Marshall  Law School, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering,  Northwestern University College of Engineering. Author of Textbook:  "Intellectual Property Law for Engineers and Scientists," John Wiley  & Sons (2004) 

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Judge Advocate General Corps 1960-1968


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. with Honors, 1963
  • Drexel University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1959

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Bar and Court Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar 


James N. Videbeck


Practice Summary

Mr. Videbeck is a registered patent attorney and partner with Rockman, Videbeck & O'Connor. Mr. Videbeck's practice has run the gamut of electro-mechanical patent practice from heavy industries to electronic test instruments and medical devices. He has tried patent and copyright cases to verdict since 1978 and obtained injunctions in trademark cases since the 1980's. He has counseled clients on intellectual property matters and prosecuted hundreds of patent and trademark registrations.

Industry Experience

Mr. Videbeck has worked designing stainless steel products, engineering continuous casting mills, and testing helicopters and avionics equipment prior to becoming a patent attorney.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association - Annual Committee Meetings
  • Chicago Bar Association - Chairman Association Committee, Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago - Antitrust Committee, Judicial Evaluation Committee


  • BSME - University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
  • JD - Indiana University, Bloomington

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois - Trial Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Mercedes V. O'Connor

Practice Summary

Ms. O'Connor is a registered patent attorney and partner with Rockman, Videbeck & O'Connor. Ms. O'Connor concentrates her practice on U.S. and foreign intellectual property  matters, with an emphasis on patent prosecution in the areas of  software, hardware, and the Internet and trademark prosecution.  

Industry Experience

Prior to attending law school, Ms. O'Connor received a B.S.E. in  Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor,  Michigan.  Her coursework included computer and electrical engineering  classes, such as computer programming in several languages, database  design and programming, web design, computer assembly, CAD design, and  micro-electronic chip design. Ms. O'Connor worked for Intel Corporation  as a computer engineer in both the Chandler, Arizona and Folsom,  California locations.  


  • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, J.D., 2012
    • Dean's Scholar
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, B.S.E., Computer Engineering, Cum Laude, 2001
    • Intel GEM Fellowship Recipient
    • Intel Scholar
    • Dean's List
    • Class Honors
    • Scholar Recognition Award
    • Michigan Marching Band
    • Women in Science and Engineering

Admitted to Practice

  • State of Illinois, 2013
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2013


Fluent in Spanish 

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1S376 Summit Avenue, Court C

Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

Tel:  630-627-4552

Fax:  630-627-2145


Rockman, Videbeck & O'Connor LLC



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Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed