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With 15 years of experience in patent law, Raye Lynn Daugherty is a trusted legal advisor to her clients, providing practical, straight-forward, cost-effective advice regarding complex legal and technical issues. Raye provides strategic value by successfully developing and implementing processes that allow for efficient management of the company’s patent portfolio, while maximizing its value and avoiding infringement risks. She also has an extensive background in providing global patent strategies for multi-national manufacturers.
Raye understands the important role that commercially-valuable patent assets play in the development of an overall business strategy. Partnering with clients to gain a thorough understanding of the business and industry allows her to provide strategic counsel and cost predictability to build the company's patent portfolio.
Raye is known among her clients for having created dominant patent portfolios in particular industries and has provided pre-litigation strategy for enforcement of those portfolios. She has assisted clients in numerous industries, such as the water treatment industry, the motor/drive industry, the industrial automation industry, and the medical device industry.
Raye maintains and manages large patent portfolios, monitors competitor patents and products, and counsels clients on potential infringement risks and claims. She is well-respected for her experience in drafting opinions concerning patent validity, infringement, and patentability. Her other experience includes supervising patent reexaminations and post-grant procedures, providing support for patent infringement litigation, negotiating patent licenses and technology development agreements, and performing due diligence for mergers and acquisitions.
Raye also provides training sessions for engineering and legal teams with practical advice regarding patent procedures and the America Invents Act ("patent reform").
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.
Raye’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, and cable management devices.
- 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).
Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers®–
Rising Stars Editions 2013 (Intellectual Property).
Professional and Civic Activities
American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (Member).
Wisconsin 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.