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Rachel Carnaggio


555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202
1800 Broadway, Suite 300, Boulder, CO 80302

Rachel brings unique value to her clients across various industries, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, environmental, cannabis, medical device, and digital health.

She delivers sophisticated counsel to clients, helping them develop protective strategies, including creating, prosecuting, managing, and enforcing patents. Drawing on her extensive technical experience as a molecular and cellular biologist, Rachel analyzes existing patents and provides sound advice to clients considering options to pursue or defend patent infringement litigation. Rachel also advises clients on how to obtain and enforce U.S. and foreign trademarks and manage trademark portfolios.

Rachel supports companies with sophisticated technologies, including therapeutics, diagnostics, oral saline laxatives, nasal sprays, pesticides, dairy teat disinfectants, grout sealers, cosmetics, pain pumps, digital health wearables, continuous passive motion devices, lumbar spine devices, drug delivery devices, implantable devices, sleep apnea mouth devices, navigation systems, paper and plastic packaging containers, storage devices and related software applications, cushioning systems, hydroponic planter systems, low flush toilet systems, kitchenware, textiles, tools, water filtration systems, gaming controllers, emergency litter assemblies, door locking devices, software applications, water bottles, food products, breath alcohol testing devices, and COVID test strips.


Patent Prosecution and Portfolio Management
  • Strategic patent portfolio development and management
  • Domestic and international patent preparation and prosecution
Patent Opinions and Counseling
  • Preparing and managing U.S. and international patent portfolios in a variety of technical areas
  • Patentability, freedom to operate, and non-infringement opinions
  • Product design counseling
Patent Licensing and Due Diligence
  • Licensing negotiations and strategies
  • Strategic patent acquisitions
  • Product clearances
  • IP due diligence
Trademark Prosecution and Portfolio Management
  • Strategic trademark portfolio management
  • Trademark enforcement strategies
  • Due diligence and acquisition counseling
  • Strategic trademark portfolio management
  • Trademark licensing and transactions

With ten years of experience working on molecular and cellular biology as well as genomic experiments at leading research institutions, Rachel effortlessly and efficiently communicates with inventors to help convert their inventions into patentable products.

She has litigated in state and federal courts and mediated cases involving products liability, biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and life sciences. She also served as local counsel for high profile national products liability cases in multi-district litigation.

Before joining Holland & Hart, Rachel practiced at intellectual property boutique and litigation firms.



Speaking Engagements


Bar Admissions


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, ‘Woman to Watch’ award, 2018
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office, ProBoPat Certificate of Recognition, 2018-2020
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Intellectual Property Law, 2022
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, Intellectual Property, 2016, 2018-2022
  • Colorado Super Lawyers® Rising Star, Intellectual Property, 2012-2015

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Chair of Special Committee on Pro Bono, 2020-present; Co-Chair of Special Committee on Pro Bono, 2019-2020
  • Colorado BioScience Association, Membership Committee and Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Member
  • USPTO Patent Pro Bono Patent Initiative, 2012-present
  • Second Wind Fund, Board of Directors, 2017-2020
  • Second Wind Fund, Board of Directors Recruitment Committee, 2020-present
  • STEMblazers, Girls in STEM - Denver, Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Podcaster, and Guest Lecturer on Patent Law, 2018-present

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