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Rachel Carnaggio

Of Counsel

555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202

Rachel’s dual experience as a molecular and cellular biologist and Intellectual Property attorney bring unique value to her clients in the biotechnology and medical device industries.

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 clients’ in-house scientists to help convert their inventions into patentable products. 

She delivers sophisticated counsel to clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and digital health industries, helping clients develop protective strategies, including creating, prosecuting, managing, and enforcing patents. Drawing on her extensive technical expertise, Rachel analyzes existing patents and provides sound advice to clients considering options to pursue or defend patent infringement litigation.

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Patent Prosecution and Portfolio Management
  • Strategic patent portfolio development and management
  • Domestic and international patent preparation and prosecution
Patent Opinions and Counseling
  • Patent infringement and validity analysis
  • Non-infringement/invalidity 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

Cellular and molecular biology, genetics, pharmaceuticals, polymers, oral saline laxatives, nasal sprays

Complex Mechanical and Medical Devices
Pain pumps, continuous passive motion devices, lumbar spine devices, drug delivery devices, implantable devices, navigation systems, packaging, storage devices, aeroponic planters, low flush toilet systems, kitchenware, textiles, tools, water filtration systems


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
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, Intellectual Property, 2016, 2018-2020
  • 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, Member of Biotechnology and Women in IP Committees
  • Colorado BioScience Association, Membership Committee Co-Chair and member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Intellectual Property section and member
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Member
  • USPTO Patent Pro Bono Patent Initiative, 2012-present
  • Second Wind Fund, Board of Directors, 2017-present
  • Girls in STEM- Denver, Board of Directors, 2018-present
  • The Richard S. Linn, American Inn of Court, member 

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