About Raye

Industry-leading patent portfolios, strategic patent counsel 

Raye Daugherty advises multinational manufacturers on patent portfolio management. A trusted legal advisor to her clients, Raye develops global patent strategies, including providing straightforward and cost-effective advice regarding complex legal and technical issues. Recognized for having created dominant patent portfolios in particular industries, she focuses on:

  • Global patent protection and enforcement
  • Clearance, infringement and validity determinations and opinions
  • Patent due diligence for transactions

Partnering with clients to gain a thorough understanding of their business and industry allows Raye to provide strategic counsel and cost predictability while building the company's patent portfolio. She provides strategic value by developing and implementing processes that allow for efficient management of the company's patent portfolio, while maximizing its value and avoiding infringement risks.

Experience in Action

  • Monitoring competitor patents and products and counseling clients on potential infringement risks and claims.
  • Drafting opinions concerning patent validity, infringement and patentability.
  • Supervising post-grant procedures and patent reexaminations.
  • Providing support for patent infringement litigation.
  • Negotiating patent licenses and technology development agreements.
  • Performing due diligence for mergers, acquisitions and other transactions.
  • Providing training sessions for engineering and legal teams with practical advice regarding generating invention disclosures, patent prosecution procedures and best practices for patent clearance.

Successes

  • Performed patent due diligence related to implementation of patient monitoring in residential devices. Provided valuation of over 100 patents owned by potential research and development partner.
  • Performed patent due diligence related to a European target where the competitor owned over 800 patents in relevant markets. Performed patent clearance analysis of over 30 products with respect to the competitor's patent portfolio. 
  • Performed patent due diligence related to an acquisition where the target was embroiled in global patent litigation in four countries involving a dozen patents. Provided strategic guidance regarding potential damages in each country, chances of patent owner success and strategies for post-acquisition dispute resolution. 
  • Provided counsel to companies with respect to creating internet-enabled products, including obtaining patent protection for Internet of Things (IoT) product lines and conducting patent clearance with respect to IoT patents owned by third parties. She has also led invention brainstorming sessions related to internet-enabled product lines.
  • Lead counsel in six inter partes review (IPR) proceedings, as both patent owner and petitioner, and four inter partes reexaminations, along with three appeals to the Federal Circuit, on behalf of a multi-national manufacturing company. Provided strategic counsel in four pieces of district court patent litigation involving over 10 patents.

Professional Recognitions

  • Recognized as Best Lawyers® 2023 Milwaukee Patent Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Patent Law, 2020-present
  • "Women in the Law" Award, Wisconsin Law Journal (2018)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers®

Professional & Civic Activities

  • American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Wisconsin Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (Member)

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