Rachna Ram Ph.D.

Two Embarcadero Center Suite 1900, San Francisco, CA USA 94111


Dr. Rachna Ram focuses her practice on patent prosecution and counseling in the fields of chemistry and life sciences. She is a scientist with extensive experience in both academic and industrial settings.

Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Ram worked as a summer associate in its Chemistry and Life Sciences patent prosecution practice group.

As an undergraduate, Dr. Ram worked in Dr. Randy Schekman’s lab at U.C. Berkeley (2013 Nobel Laureate). She then earned her PhD from MIT, where she conducted research in Dr. Chris Kaiser’s lab on intracellular protein transport. Subsequently, she worked in Dr. Jillian Banfield’s lab at U.C. Berkeley where she helped to develop new methods for large-scale molecular analyses of microorganisms in their natural environments. Dr. Ram has presented at professional conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals including Nature, Science, and Molecular Biology of the Cell.

As an IP analyst and manager at the Energy Biosciences Institute, a large public-private research partnership focused on developing next-generation biofuels, Dr. Ram reviewed research disclosures, developed new IP management tools, and interacted with scientists and outside counsel on patent matters. Prior to law school, she also worked as an IP and legal affairs associate at a biotechnology company that was developing novel anti-tumor drugs and conducting clinical trials. Additionally, she has been an adjunct/visiting professor at both Mills College in Oakland, California and U.C. Berkeley.

In law school, Dr. Ram was a Senior Articles Editor for the Hastings Law Review, a student associate in the Startup Legal Garage, and a TA for criminal procedure.


University of California, Hastings College of the Law J.D. (2021) cum laude

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D., Biology

University of California, Berkeley B.A., Molecular and Cell Biology


California (2021)

Court Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2012)

Professional & Community Activities

Association of University Technology Managers, Better World Project Committee, Member (2014-2016)

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society, MIT Chapter, Member

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