Rachel Zimmerman Scobie

Partner
Minneapolis
3200 IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.336.4667
Contact My Assistant
Carol Hough
D: 612.371.5257

Education

New York University School of Law
J.D., magna cum laude, 2001
Order of the Coif

Pomona College
B.A. Psychology, cum laude, 1998
Psi Chi Honor Society

Bar and Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, 2008
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2006
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2003
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2002
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2002
Minnesota State Bar, 2001

Professional Affiliations

American Intellectual Property Law Association
Federal Bar Association - MN Chapter
    Past President and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Federal Circuit Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
    Appointed Co-Chair, Merit Selection Panel, 2014
The Fund for Legal Aid
    Chair and Director

Awards & Recognition

IP Stars Top 250 Women in IP, 2015
Best Lawyers in America by The Best Lawyers in America, 2014-2015
40 Under 40 honoree, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2014
Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer, 2014
Selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2013-2016
Selected for inclusion in The Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota, 2012
Selected for inclusion in Minnesota Rising Stars, 2007-2012
 

Publications & Speaking

Presenter, Making (Thera) Sense of Inequitable Conduct, Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association Seminar, November 2011

Co-Presenter, Everything You Need To Know About Electronic Discovery, INTA Trademark Administrator's Conference, October 2010

Moderator, HNBA 2010 Annual convention, A Judicial Perspective on the Meaning and Impact of Iqbal and Twombly with District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz and Magistrate Judge Janie S. Mayeron, September 2010

Presenter, Patent Damages vs. Patent Reform, Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association Seminar, November 2009

Moderator, 35th Annual Federal Court Practice Seminar, Ooops - You Won Your Patent Infringement Case, but the Defendant is Broke: Collection Strategies for the IP Lawyer, June 2009

A Circuit Divided: Supreme Court Refuses Request to Reconcile Federal Circuit's Dissonant Inequitable Conduct Standards, Intellectual Property Today, July 2009

How To Try A Patent Case On A Budget...And Win, Law360, April 2009

The Way the "Cookies" Crumble: Internet Privacy and Data Protection in the Twenty-First Century, New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, Volume 4, Number 2, Spring 2001

Working with clients at the forefront of their fields in developing new technologies, Rachel interacts with people who are as passionate and enthusiastic about their products as she is about the law. Her competitive spirit and analytical thinking skills combined with attention to detail and winning strategies help her deliver favorable resolutions to her clients' problems.

Rachel is an experienced trial lawyer who has handled all aspects of complex intellectual property disputes from investigation and preparation of the complaint through trial, post-trial, and appeal. She has managed discovery, directed patent claim construction proceedings, taken and defended fact and expert depositions, handled nondispositive and dispositive motion practice, represented client interests in mediation and settlement conferences, drafted and argued motions in limine and other pre- and post-trial matters, and examined fact and expert witnesses at trial.

Rachel has been responsible for matters in various federal courts and agencies throughout the United States, in state court in Minnesota, and in arbitration. She also has significant experience handling appellate-level disputes, a practice to which she brings valuable experience as a former clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals Chief Judge James B. Loken. She has represented clients in numerous appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and has participated in all aspects of appellate practice before that Court, including motion practice, briefing, mediation, and oral argument.

At Merchant & Gould, Rachel is co-chair of the recruiting committee and serves on the technology committee. She serves as a Director and Chairperson of the Board for The Fund for Legal Aid and as a volunteer attorney for the Children’s Law Center. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys running and traveling with her family.

 

Representative Cases

Represented Fortune 500 company in complex patent litigation against competitor. Technology at issue involved antimicrobial treatments for use in food processing plants. Case resulted in a verdict of willful infringement against competitor as to multiple asserted claims, and verdict of misappropriation of trade secrets.

Represented large hard disk drive company in connection with trade secret misappropriation claims. Successfully obtained order compelling enforcement of binding arbitration agreement.

Represented semi-professional football team in trademark litigation against another semi-professional football team infringing client's mark. Resolved case with injunction against infringer's future use.

Represented company in semiconductor industry in patent infringement action against competitor. Participated in Markman efforts resulting in favorable claim construction rulings.

Defended company in medical testing industry accused of false advertising and unfair competition in connection with statements made about a license to technology subject to a patent application. Obtained favorable result for client, including dismissal with prejudice of all claims with no damages or conditions.

Defended company in consumer electronics industry in patent litigation against competitor. Avoided requested preliminary injunctive relief and efficiently achieved favorable resolution of matter for client.

Represented company in packaging industry in litigation involving misappropriation of trade secrets by departing employee. Achieved efficient and favorable resolution of matter for client.

Represented company in archery products industry in patent infringement litigation against competitor. Obtained sanctions against other party in connection with motions to compel necessitated by other party's lack of cooperation in discovery. Obtained preliminary injunction against key competitor's sales of accused devices. Resolved matter favorably to client shortly thereafter.

Defended company in archery products industry in patent infringement litigation brought by competitor. Obtained covenant not to sue and dismissal with prejudice on behalf of client.

Represented company in archery products industry in patent infringement litigation against competitor. Defeated motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. Obtained favorable judgment in bankruptcy proceeding.

Represented Fortune 500 company in patent infringement litigation against competitor. Technology at issue was in field of chemical engineering. Achieved favorable result following claim construction obtained on appeal of denial of preliminary injunctive relief.

Defended company in waste treatment industry in post-trial proceedings pertaining to patent infringement litigation. Obtained denial of motion for new trial under Rule 60(b), sanctions against other party in connection with 60(b) motion, and order prohibiting other party from making any future filings in the case.

Represented Fortune 500 company in patent infringement trial against competitor. Technology at issue involved fields of mechanical engineering and optics. After six-week trial, jury found claims infringed and not invalid.

Obtained favorable infringement damages award for Fortune 500 company in patent infringement litigation against competitor.

Representative Appeals

Represented appellee, an inventor of a novel game component, in Federal Circuit appeal of favorable district court judgment. Acted as principal attorney on appeal and argued case before the Federal Circuit. Two days after argument, Federal Circuit affirmed district court judgment in its entirety. 

Represented company in food science field in appeal to Federal Circuit of district court's summary judgment of noninfringement in a patent case.

Represented company in semiconductor field in connection with appeal of district court judgment rendering entire patent portfolio unenforceable for inequitable conduct. Convinced Federal Circuit to stay enforcement of attorneys' fee award against company pending appeal in view of dire financial consequences of immediate enforcement. Federal Circuit reversed the finding of unenforceability in its entirety, thus mooting the district court's award of approximately $3.3 million in attorneys' fees against the company.

Represented Fortune 500 company in appeal to Federal Circuit of district court's denial of preliminary injunctive relief based on erroneous claim construction in a patent case. Obtained reversal of claim construction on appeal, resulting in favorable resolution of matter in its entirety on remand.

Represented appellee, company in waste treatment industry, in connection with multiple appeals at the Federal Circuit. Company sought to preserve summary judgment of noninfringement entered in its favor in patent infringement case. In a first appeal, used motion practice to obtain dismissal of appeal. In a second appeal, obtained affirmance of district court's ruling in its entirety.

Represented appellee, Fortune 500 company, in motion practice before the Federal Circuit in connection with appellant's request for immediate stay of district court patent litigation proceedings in favor of arbitration. Obtained order denying appellant's request and summarily affirming district court's order denying arbitration.

Judicial Clerkship

Law clerk for the Honorable James B. Loken, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Teaching

Appellate advocacy, Intellectual Property Moot Court class at the University of Minnesota Law School

Coach, University of Minnesota Law School Moot Court Team, Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition held at the Federal Circuit (national championship)


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Events
9/16/16
Rachel Zimmerman Scobie Gives Presentation on Mediation
Rachel Zimmerman Scobie, a partner in the Minneapolis office of Merchant & Gould, will present a session on mediation techniques in The Art of the Business Trial offered by Minnesota CLE. In this CLE, business litigators and judges will explain and demonstrate ...
Events
10/28/15
Merchant & Gould Attorneys Speaking at Trade Secrets CLE in Knoxville
Three Merchant & Gould attorneys will be featured speakers at a CLE hosted by the Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel in Knoxville, Tenn. on October 28, 2015. Partners Rachel Zimmerman Scobie, from Merchant & Gould's Minneapolis ...
Events
8/26/15
Gender Issues in Intellectual Property Disputes - Live Webcast CLE
The Story Behind Maxwell v. J. Baker: A Case Study of Gender Issues in Intellectual Property Disputes Susan Maxwell will describe her perspective as a successful woman inventor on the legal issues encountered throughout the life of her patent. The issues begin ...
Press Releases
8/17/15
Merchant & Gould Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016
Merchant & Gould announces today that thirteen attorneys have been included in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016. Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting peer-review surveys in which lawyers confidentially evaluate their ...
Press Releases
1/20/15
Zimmerman a "40 Under 40" and "Attorney of the Year" Winner
Merchant & Gould is honored to announce that partner Rachel Zimmerman has been named both an Attorney of the Year 2014 by Minnesota Lawyer and one of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s “40 Under 40" for 2015.“Rachel is truly ...
Press Releases
7/16/14
Rachel Zimmerman Appointed to Merit Selection Panel for new U.S. Magistrate Judge
Merchant & Gould attorney will co-chair 14-person panel to recommend candidates to judgeship Merchant & Gould, a leading intellectual property law firm, announced today that Rachel Zimmerman, a partner in the Minneapolis office, has been appointed ...
Press Releases
5/28/13
M&G files amicus brief on behalf of the Association of Patent Law Firms
The Association for Patent Law Firms (APLF) asked Merchant & Gould to write a brief on its behalf as amicus curiae supporting a petition for rehearing en banc of the Federal Circuit's March 31, 2003 decision in Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc. v. Promega Corp., ...
Press Releases
6/25/12
Merchant & Gould Client Vermeer Manufacturing Company Wins Litigation Battle Against The Charles Machine Works
District Court Grants Motion by Vermeer Manufacturing for Summary Judgment of Non-Infringement Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, today announced that its client Vermeer Manufacturing Company has prevailed in a patent litigation battle ...
Articles
4/11/12
Ecolab Files Suit Over Conveyor Lubricant Patents
Articles
4/3/12
Judge Rules Allergan's Sanctura XR Patents Invalid
Articles
3/28/12
Chapter By-Laws Amended
Click here to view Rachel Zimmerman's article appearing in Bar Talk, the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association's newsletter
Press Releases
8/22/11
16 Merchant & Gould Attorneys Named 2011 Super Lawyers
Firm Also Recognizes Nine Rising Stars Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, today announced that 16 of the firm's attorneys are named Super Lawyers in 2011. The attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property law and ...
Press Releases
7/26/10
26 Merchant & Gould Attorneys Named 2010 Super Lawyers
Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, today announced that 26 of the firm's attorneys are named Super Lawyers in 2010. The attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property law and IP litigation. Each year, no more than ...
Press Releases
9/17/09
Merchant & Gould Wins Litigation Victory On Behalf of Inventor Over Toy Giant Hasbro, Inc.
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Upholds Lower Court's Findings in Favor of Small Entrepreneur Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, today announced that it has won a litigation victory on behalf of its client, inventor ...
Articles
7/1/09
A Circuit Divided: Supreme Court Refuses Request to Reconcile Federal Circuit's Dissonant Inequitable Conduct Standards
Articles
3/5/09
How To Try A Patent Case On A Budget ... And Win
Click here to read article co-authored by Rachel Zimmerman and Eric Chad in Law 360
Press Releases
1/5/09
Merchant & Gould Names Five New Partners in Denver and Minneapolis
Intellectual property law firm Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that it has named Andrew Ehard, Karen Fitzsimmons, Robert Kalinsky, Greg Leibold and Rachel Zimmerman as partners at the firm.At the firm's Minneapolis office, Andrew Ehard specializes ...
Press Releases
11/13/08
11 Merchant & Gould Attorneys Named 2009 Rising Stars by Super Lawyers®
Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, today announced that 11 of the firm's attorneys were recognized as Rising Stars by their peers according to the Super Lawyers® organization.The Rising Stars selected from Merchant & Gould ...
White Papers
12/3/07
Forewarned Is Forearmed - The Value Of Advanced Planning And Pre-Suit Investigation In The Protection Of Trade Secrets
Protecting trade secrets can be a daunting task for any company. Identifying items that merit trade secret protection, determining appropriate protocols to safeguard their secrecy, knowing when you have a meritorious trade secret dispute, and understanding ...
Press Releases
3/1/07
Merchant & Gould Coaches University of Minnesota Moot Court Team to Regional Championship
Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, announced that attorneys Rachel Zimmerman and William Schultz recently coached the University of Minnesota Law School's Intellectual Property Moot Court team to victory. The team took home top honors ...
Press Releases
3/1/06
Merchant & Gould Attorneys Coach Third Straight Winning Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition Team
Merchant & Gould attorneys Rachel Zimmerman and William Schultz recently coached the University of Minnesota Law School's Intellectual Property Moot Court competition team to victory. The competition was held on March 10-12 in Boston, Massachusetts.Zimmerman ...
Articles
4/2/01
The Way The "Cookies" Crumble: Internet Privacy And Data Protection In The Twenty-First Century