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Rakhi Nikhanj


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Rakhi Nikhanj is a registered patent attorney with 14 years of experience advocating for her clients ranging from fortune 500 companies to start-up companies and individual inventors. Rakhi currently serves on the board of the Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA) and was named LegalCORPS 2016 Volunteer of the Year.

Rakhi helps her clients achieve business goals through creative problem solving applied to patent application preparation and prosecution, clearance and freedom to operate analysis, due diligence analysis, licensing and patent portfolio valuation and management, and post grant proceedings. Her patent work has spanned a variety of technological areas such as medical devices including cardiac rhythm management devices, high technology filters, material science, sensor devices and systems, hazardous material handling, acoustics, electrical device venting, radio frequency and other communication systems, software systems, packaging, construction, and waste treatment.

Rakhi has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law). She has been a volunteer for the LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program since 2012. As part of that work, she gives informational sessions to groups of pro se inventors and represents low-income inventors in pursuing patents.


  • Franklin Pierce Law Center
    • J.D. 
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • MN Asian Pacific American Bar Association (MNAPABA)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • LegalCORPS, Inventor Assistance Program Volunteer
  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA), President


  • LegalCORPS Volunteer of the Year, 2016


  • Mechanical
  • Electro-mechanical
  • Medical Devices
  • Software Systems
  • High Technology Filtration
  • Acoustics
  • Material Science and Handling


  • Patent Law