Rachelle H. Thompson Partner

Rachelle is a registered patent attorney with particular experience in complex commercial litigation and litigation involving biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, telecommunications, smartphones, digital cameras, and wireless technology.

She has extensive experience in all aspects of patent litigation in both district court and the U.S. International Trade Commission. In addition to litigation, Rachelle provides IP-related counseling to clients in a variety of technologies and industries.

Before joining McGuireWoods LLP in 2012, Rachelle practiced for years in the general and patent litigation departments of an international law firm in the District of Columbia. Prior to litigating disputes, Rachelle worked four years as a registered patent agent at a national law firm, where she focused on domestic and foreign prosecution of patents in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biotechnology, genetics, plant biology, pharmaceutical chemistry, semiconductors, and medical devices. Prior to practicing law, Rachelle conducted research in the areas of synthetic organic chemistry, phospholipid chemistry, and lithography. She has published her work in peer-reviewed journals. In 2001, Rachelle became the first African American woman at Stanford University to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry.

Before private practice, Rachelle served as an extern and law clerk to the Honorable Rudi M. Brewster, Senior District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul R. Michel, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

  • University of San Diego School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 2005
  • Stanford University, PhD, 2001
  • Furman University, BS, summa cum laude, 1992

Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Intellectual Property, Law360, 2018 - present

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Named to "North Carolina Rising Stars," IP Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2016

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