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The Advanced Guide to Understanding the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Unitary Patent (UP) Under the European Patent System
Later this year the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Unitary Patent (UP) will come into effect, which will impact all users of the European patent system. This webinar will provide an overview of the new legal system and strategic considerations.
Prior Art & White Space Analytics
Prior art and white space analytics are a lesser known analytics discipline, but are very powerful when executed correctly. This program will discuss these and how they are prepared.
5 Patent Prosecution Tips for Polymer Tech
Obtaining patent protection for inventions including chemical features has important differences from other subject matter. Learn how to maximize your chances of obtaining broad protection.

Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner

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Areas of Practice
  • Electrical & Computers
  • Mechanical & Electromechanical
  • Medical Devices
  • Software & E-Commerce
IP Services
  • Patent Prosecution
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Rigel Menard is a registered patent attorney who enjoys working with clients to procure patents on complex technologies. His practice includes patent drafting and prosecution, technical analysis, and strategic counseling with an emphasis on cybersecurity (malware detection and prevention), wireless technologies and telecommunications, software, electric and electronic circuits, semiconductors, and microelectronic fabrication.

Rigel has prior experience in design and test engineering roles with animal and human implant devices and has worked on a number of projects as contract engineer in the smartphone accessories space. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and Mathematics and Physics from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. At the University of Minnesota, Rigel conducted research on how to curb the self-stimulating behaviors exhibited by people with autism. Prior to law school, he worked for Punch Through Design, Data Sciences, and Transoma Medical.



William Mitchell College of Law
St. Paul, MN, 2014
Law Review: Cybaris Intellectual Property Law Review, Staff Member

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN, 2009, B.S.E.E.
Graduate with distinction

University of Wisconsin
Eau Claire, WI, 2009
B.S. Mathematics and Physics

Cum Laude

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U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Past Employment Positions
Past Employment Positions

Punch Through Design L.L.C./ Pedal Brain, Contract Engineer, 2010

Transoma Medical/Data Sciences, Inc., Intern Engineer, 2007-2009

Hutchinson Technology, Inc., 2006-2007