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About Rachel

General intellectual property guidance

Rachel Ackerman focuses on domestic and international patent portfolio growth and management. She assists with the preparation and prosecution of patents and has experience drafting comprehensive patentability reports as well as performing in-depth research for inventors.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Rachel worked as a project engineer and developed CAD designs of room layouts, as-builts, electrical designs and piping plans. She has also drafted and implemented preventative maintenance plans for climate control and instrumentation systems. Rachel also performed mechanical tests to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of medical devices.

Rachel was a legal extern for a research hospital and also gained experience in patent prosecution and IP litigation at numerous other firms.

Professional Recognitions

  • USPTO, pro bono certificate (2020)

Professional & Civic Activities

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association Industrial Designs Committee – Education & Event Planning Subcommittee (2024)

  • Chicago Women in Intellectual Property, member (2020-present)

  • Richard Linn Inn of Court, member (2022-present)

  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, member (2020-present)
  • Judicial extern for Judge Thomas M. Durkin and Franklin U. Valderrama of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois

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