Ms. Rachel Huffstetler concentrates her practice in Intellectual Property, specifically the prosecution of domestic and foreign patents and trademarks. She is a Registered Patent Attorney and a former Patent Examiner with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. She specializes in the procurement of patent protection, enforcement of patents, and defense of third party patents and has significant experience in the mechanical, electromechanical, textile, and chemical technologies. Ms. Huffstetler also has significant experience procuring design patent protection and procuring trademark registrations.
Her practice includes client counseling in all areas of intellectual property including drafting patentability opinions, trademark registerability opinions, software licensing agreements, and confidentiality agreements.
Additionally, she is experienced in pre-litigation counseling including validity, non-infringement, and design around opinions. Ms. Huffstetler has worked with clients of varying sizes, from large corporations to start-ups, and with clients in diverse technological fields.
Ms. Huffstetler is a member of the State Bar of North Carolina and previously served as an Elected Council Member of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association from 1998-2001. She also served as the Chair of the CLE Committee, member of the Nominating Committee, and editor of the quarterly publication of the Intellectual Property Law Section.
She is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and, due to her experience prosecuting design patents on behalf of her clients, was a selected participant of the U.S. Patent Office Roundtable Discussion on Design Patent Law sponsored by the U.S. Patent Office in 1996.
- University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 1994
- Mississippi State University, B.S., Industrial Engineering, 1989
- North Carolina
- United States Patent & Trademark Office
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