Rachael Vaughn

Attorney at Microsoft

Greater Seattle Area
Law Practice
  1. Microsoft,
  2. DigiPen Institute of Technology
  1. Weyerhaeuser,
  2. Perkins Coie LLP,
  3. Shell International BV
  1. University of Washington School of Law
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Rachael provides business-relevant legal advice for technology-focused clients. She has experience negotiating and drafting IP agreements including patent and technology licenses, sponsored research agreements, and software licenses. Rachael is also a registered patent attorney and has worked extensively drafting and prosecuting patents in a wide range of technical areas. Currently she is part of Microsoft's patent team supporting the Devices Group.



– Present (2 years 6 months)Greater Seattle Area

April 2012 to September 2013: Licensing attorney for Microsoft's OEM division
September 2013 to present: Patent attorney supporting the Devices Group and the Applications and Services Engineering Group

Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property and Contracts

DigiPen Institute of Technology
– Present (2 years 1 month)Redmond, WA

Adjunct professor teaching undergraduate course on legal and IP basics for students studying video game design, art, and programming

Intellectual Property Counsel

(3 years 6 months)Greater Seattle Area

Intellectual property lawyer for the Wood Products and Software businesses

Patent Attorney

Perkins Coie LLP
(5 months)Greater Seattle Area

Patent associate at firm's head office

Patent Attorney

Shell International BV
(1 year)The Hague Area, Netherlands

Expatriate intellectual property attorney for the Exploration & Production and LNG businesses

Patent Agent/Attorney

Shell Oil Company
(2 years 10 months)Houston, Texas Area

November 2004 to December 2006: Patent Agent for the Exploration & Production business
December 2006 to August 2007: Patent Attorney for the Exploration & Production and Renewables businesses

Production Engineer

Shell International E&P
(2 years 4 months)Houston, Texas Area

Production Engineer on upstream oil and gas research team

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Legal Committee Member

Organization for Transformative Works
Arts and Culture

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  • Patents
  • Intellectual Property
  • Licensing
  • IP
  • Due Diligence
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Contractual Agreements
  • Computer Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Software License...
  • Trade Secrets
  • Software Licensing


Licensed to Practice Law in Washington

Washington State Bar, License 41477
– Present

Licensed to Practice Law in Texas

Texas State Bar, License 24058135
– Present

Registered Patent Attorney

United States Patent and Trademark Office, License 54,469
– Present


Saline High School

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