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Rachel Carnaggio


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
  • 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

Rachel’s experience has included supporting companies with sophisticated technologies in a variety of industries, including Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Complex Mechanical and Medical Devices, and Software.

Examples include: 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, real estate software applications, water bottles, food products, breath alcohol testing devices


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, 2018-2021
  • 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
  • Colorado BioScience Association,                                            Co-Chair of the 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, 2018-present

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