Rachal Winger, Ph.D. focuses her practice on intellectual property law with an emphasis in life sciences patent-related matters. Rachal counsels her clients in the creation and commercialization of intellectual property and in the assessment of others parties’ intellectual property in corporate transactions and competitive analyses. These endeavors include domestic and international patent prosecution and portfolio management, due diligence, patentability and freedom-to-operate assessments, and litigation evaluation and support. Rachal's clients include start-ups, emerging growth companies financed by grants, private equity and venture capital investors, universities, and multi-national companies in the pharmaceutical and health care fields. She has expertise in a wide breadth of technologies including:
Rachal has served as an instructor for the University of Washington's Certificate in Intellectual Property Management Program and as an adjunct instructor of intellectual property at the University of Washington. She is a frequent speaker domestically and internationally on intellectual property development strategies within the evolving legal landscape to investment groups, patent practitioners and business leaders.
Before attending law school, Rachal earned a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience supported in part by an Individual National Research Service Award. Her dissertation examined the effects of immune activation on brain function and included developing and treating an animal model of AIDS-related dementia.