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Rachel D. Rutledge, J.D.



Rachel Rutledge is a registered U.S. patent attorney at Johnson, Marcou, Isaacs & Nix (JMIN), with a background in chemistry and biochemistry. She has experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications, providing opinions on patentability, invalidity, and non-infringement, conducting freedom-to-operate, and due diligence. 


Prior to joining JMIN, Ms. Rutledge was a patent attorney with Stites & Harbison PLLC in Louisville, KY, where she worked on biological and chemical technologies, including biomarkers, small molecules, genetic engineering, immunotherapies, biomedical implants; and fluorescent proteins, materials science, including secondary batteries, nanotechnology, ceramics, semiconductor materials, and polymers and coatings. 


Before Stites & Harbison, Ms. Rutledge was an attorney at Howrey LLP in Houston, where she worked on nanotechnology, novel polymers, biological implants, biotechnology, methods of diagnosis and treatment, medical devices, analytical instrumentation, milking machines, oilfield technologies and wireless communications. She also filed amicus curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of Tulane University in Wallace v. Calogero, representing their interest in the rights of legal immigrants to sit for the bar exam in the state of Louisiana.


Prior to entering the legal field, Ms. Rutledge worked at Valspar in Louisville, KY, to develop and improve solvent and water-borne colorant. She also was a lab technician at the University of Louisville Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, where she developed methods for evaluating element levels in various substrates and analyzed extracted organic compounds.


Ms. Rutledge obtained her juris doctorate at Washington University School of Law in Saint Louis, and a bachelor of science in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry at the University of Louisville.


  • J.D., Washington University School of Law, 2005

  • B.S., Chemistry, concentration in Biochemistry, University of Louisville, 2002


Admitted to Practice

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • State Bar of Texas

Email:   rrutledge@jmin-iplaw.com

Direct:  502.272.0719

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