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Education

  • Florida A&M University, B.S. chemical engineering (2003) magna cum laude
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D. (2006) cum laude

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina

Professional Experience

  • The Procter and Gamble Company
    Process Engineering Intern, Summers 1999–2002

Rashad L. Morgan

Partner
Chicago
rmorgan@crowell.com
Phone: +1 919.998.5708
455 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive
Suite 3600
Chicago, IL 60611

Rashad Morgan maintains a broad-based practice focusing on securing intellectual property protection to advance clients' business goals and includes opinion work, due diligence review, and patent litigation, with a particular focus on patent prosecution both in the United States and abroad. Rashad provides clients with full-service counsel on legal strategies for entire patent families, and he regularly prepares freedom-to-operate studies and infringement/validity studies, as well as representing clients in USPTO proceedings in which the validity of patents is at stake.

Rashad’s clients include emerging and middle market companies as well as large corporations. Across all his engagements, Rashad appreciates the opportunity to protect his clients' interests, which begins with a detailed understanding of their business and innovations. In his patent prosecution practice—where he is particularly experienced prosecuting patents in the areas of chemistry, biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, and the mechanical arts—he often assists clients in securing patent protection in foreign jurisdictions in addition to the United States. He also has been involved in litigation (including cases initiated under the Hatch-Waxman Act) covering pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer products, and other technologies.

Rashad is active in leadership within the firm and the legal profession. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors and the North Carolina Bar Foundation Board of Directors; he serves on the Executive Committee for both entities. Rashad is committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal practice. He has previously served as a shareholder and co-chair of Diversity & Inclusion at Brinks Gilson & Lione. He is also active with the North Carolina Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Committee, where he previously served as co-chair. Rashad was also actively involved with Legal LINK, an ABA-award winning program designed to increase interest in legal careers among high-school members of populations underrepresented in the legal profession. Rashad previously served as vice chair of the Science and Technology Committee of the ABA Young Lawyers’ Division.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Rashad was shareholder at Brinks Gilson & Lione, where he was a co-chair of its Diversity and Inclusion Committee, a member of its Hiring Committee, and co-chair of the Chemical, Energy, and Agriculture Industry Group.

Representative Matters

  • Counseling clients on the identification of their intellectual property rights and protection of their technology, assessing patentability, infringement, and other intellectual property options.
  • Developing and managing clients on domestic and international patent portfolios including drafting, filing, and prosecuting applications, attending to amendments, examiner interviews, continuation practice, restriction and election requirements, reexamination, appeals, and correction of patents in technology areas including chemistry and medical devices.
  • Advising clients on intellectual property due diligence issues for transactional matters.
  • Providing clearance analysis and freedom to operate analysis and preparing written opinions.
  • Coordinating with foreign counsel on the successful prosecution of patents in Europe, Japan, Australia, and other foreign jurisdictions.
  • Counseling clients on the identification of their intellectual property rights and protection of their technology, assessing patentability, infringement, and other intellectual property options.