411 East Wisconsin Avenue
Raye Lynn Daugherty has 14 years of experience counseling clients in all aspects of patent law. Ms. Daugherty concentrates her practice in strategic patent portfolio creation and management, prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, patent validity and infringement analysis and opinion preparation, intellectual property due diligence for corporate transactions, and intellectual property and technology licenses and transactions.
Her significant representations include the following:
- Maintained and managed the patent portfolios of over 20 divisions of a Fortune 500 global diversified operating company. Counseled engineers in each division with respect to patentability and infringement issues. Developed strategies across multiple divisions in order to most-effectively keep competitors from implementing core technologies.
- Developed strategy for asserting infringement of six utility patents against major competitor in marine pump and food services industries.
- Developed strategy for patent infringement countersuit in food services water filtration industry.
- Performed patent portfolio due diligence for acquisitions related to membrane bioreactors, electrochemical water softeners, and reverse osmosis energy recovery systems.
- Conducted in-depth patent infringement and patent validity analysis of patent portfolios of several filter cartridge manufacturers. Prepared noninfringement and invalidity opinions allowing client to enter replacement filter cartridge market.
- Managed the patent prosecution of over 50 U.S. and foreign patent applications for three teams of doctors developing vagal nerve stimulation technology for use in cardiac surgery.
- Researched and advised officers of company interested in selling and licensing patents in order to generate revenue from patents not being commercialized.
- Coordinated brainstorming sessions for groups of engineers and scientists in the areas of patient monitoring and cardiac imaging. Prepared resulting invention disclosures designed to create families of patents to strategically protect future technology.
- Personally obtained hundreds of patents by conducting all aspects of patent prosecution before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including drafting applications, preparing amendments, preparing appeal briefs, participating in reexamination proceedings, and conducting examiner interviews.
Ms. Daugherty’s core technical experience is in the fields of biomedical, mechanical and electrical engineering.
- Her experience in biomedical technologies includes nerve stimulation devices, ablation devices, tissue stabilizer devices, immunoassay devices and systems, laparoscopy devices, orthopedic and prosthetic devices, patient monitoring devices, cardiopulmonary bypass machines, vein harvester systems, prosthetic heart valves, wound healing methods, and implantable cardiac devices.
- Her experience in mechanical technologies includes pumps and pump controllers, electrochemical filtration devices, membrane bioreactors, ultraviolet filtration, thermoelectric module systems, water softeners, lawnmowers, key and lock devices, ignition systems, latch devices, paper converting systems, air conditioning systems, electrical enclosures, fire suppression systems, cable management devices, and water rides.
- Her experience in electrical and software technologies includes electro-mechanical control systems, electric motors and drive systems, lighting products, Internet and communication-related technologies, banking and financial systems, and business methods.
Education and Honors
- University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2000)
- Milwaukee School of Engineering (B.S., high honors, 1997)
Degree: Biomedical Engineering.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2000
Selected for inclusion in Milwaukee Super Lawyers–Rising Stars 2006 Edition (Intellectual Property).
Professional and Civic Activities
American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (Member).
Speaker, “Keeping Diagnostic Technology Protected with Global Patents,” Q1 Productions Quality in Diagnostic Development and Manufacturing Conference, June 2009.
Speaker, “Global Patent Protection for Medical Devices,” Q1 Productions Medical Device Manufacturing & Packaging Conference, March 2009.
Quoted, “Patent Changes Pending,” Wisconsin Law Journal, October 4, 2006.