Patricia Smink Rogowski

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Patricia Smink Rogowski has 30 years of experience in patent, trademark and copyright prosecution and counseling, and in intellectual property litigation in federal district courts and in appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Pat is a Delaware and Pennsylvania bar member admitted to practice before the District Courts in Delaware and Pennsylvania, as well as the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Pat also is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Pat received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University with highest honors and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been selected as a leading Patent and Trademark Practitioner in Delaware for several consecutive years by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers, and was selected as one of the Top 250 Women in IP in the U.S. She has been named the 2017 Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for Patent Litigation in the Philadelphia metro area.

Prior to opening Rogowski Law, Pat was a partner at Panitch Schwarze for three years, where she helped to launch and lead the firm’s Delaware office.  For 27 years before that, Pat was  an associate and then partner in the Wilmington, Delaware office of  Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP, which later merged to form Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP.  Pat served as Hiring Attorney and was on the Management Committee for several terms at Connolly Bove.


Lehigh University, BS, Mechanical Engineering
University of Pennsylvania, Juris Doctor

Bar Admissions

Delaware, 1988
Pennsylvania, 1988
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1991
U.S. District Court, Delaware, 1988
U.S. District Court, ED Pennsylvania, 2013
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1989


Advisory Committee of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, 2015 - present
American IP Law Association (AIPLA), Women IP Sub Committee, Member, 2009 - 2016, past host firm for Women in IP Events
Combined Campaign for Justice, Co-Chair for New Castle County, Fundraising, 2010 - present
Federal Bar Association, Delaware Chapter member, 2007 - present, invited speaker at CLE programs
Merit Selection Panel for U.S. District Court for District of Delaware, 2007
Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, Board Member, Secretary, Vice President, President Elect, and President. President in 2007, Member,1989 – present, Invited speaker for several Continuing Education Courses
Wilmington University, Legal Studies Advisory Board, 2008 - 2015

Honors & Awards

IAM Patent 1000 2013 & 2014 Recommended Lawyer - Patent Prosecution
Named a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer," 2015 to present, by Thomson Reuters, publishers of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
Named one of Delaware’s top intellectual property attorneys by DelawareToday, 2015
Named the 2017 Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for Patent Litigation in the Philadelphia metro area
Selected as a "Leader in the Field" of Intellectual Property by Chambers & Partners USA, 2008 - present
Selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, 2016
Selected to Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Intellectual Property, 2008 - present
Top 250 Women in IP, 2013 & 2014


Brandywine Product Group International, Inc. v. Universal Distribution Center LLC, C.A. No. 2:16-cv-02248-WJM-MF (D. New Jersey). Successfully asserted design patent and unfair competition claims to redress infringement of BPG’s signature home gel air freshener products.
Frequent Lecturer on patents, trademarks and copyrights.
Linne Industries LLC v. Outdoor Water Solutions, Inc., C.A. No. 1:16-cv-00423-GMS (D. Delaware). Successfully abated infringement of Linne Industries’ utility patent for solar powered pond aerators and enclosures therefor sold under the POND HAWK trademark.
Member of the Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, 2015 - present.
Obtained a series of utility and design patents for stretchable covers to protect automotive front ends and motorcycle fairings for Novigo Designs LLC. "Batted 1000" in patent grants within the last two years for this small business.
Obtained a series of utility patents for adjustable food shields (sneeze guards) and industrial shelving products for Metal Masters Foodservice Equipment Company, Inc. Proud to have represented Metal Masters in intellectual property matters for more than 20 years.
Pannell Manufacturing Corp. v. Israel Smoker, et al., C.A. No. 16-cv-6300-CDJ (E.D. Pennsylvania) – Successfully stopped unauthorized sale and use of patented mushroom compost processing equipment.

Ask Pat is a “go to” resource for clients and friends of the firm to answer your day-to-day questions related to intellectual property law and your business.  You are invited to email your questions directly to and she will respond to you within two business days. Be sure to indicate whether I have permission to share your question and/or disclose attribution on the website.

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