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Background

Tracea Rice is a Law Clerk in Fish & Richardson’s Washington, D.C. office, where she assists companies in intellectual property matters, specifically complex patent disputes in federal district courts and before the International Trade Commission (ITC).  She was previously a Summer Associate with the firm and a 1L Diversity Fellow.

During law school, Tracea received the 2019 Robert Goldberg Award in Trial Advocacy from Wake Forest Law—an award given to a student showcasing the highest aptitude and ethics in trial advocacy.  Tracea also received the 2019 Outstanding Student Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers—an award presented to a law student who contributed to the advancement of women in society and promoted issues and concerns of women in the legal profession.  While at Wake Forest Law, Tracea was an Executive Editor of the Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property, a teacher’s assistant in Appellate Advocacy, and a research assistant for Dean Simone Rose (Associate Dean for Intellectual Property and Innovation) where she also tutored international students in intellectual property subject matters.  Tracea was also the captain of Wake Forest Law’s National Trial Team, receiving multiple recognitions and best advocate awards for her trial and oral advocacy skills, and leading the team to Wake Forest’s first national championship in the Texas Young Lawyer’s Association (TYLA) and American College of Trial Lawyer’s (ACTL) premiere mock trial competition.

Before law school, Tracea worked as a patent agent, drafting and prosecuting patent applications related to a wide range of technologies primarily in the electrical, computer, and mechanical technology fields—including software, e-commerce, aerospace, appliance and tooling technologies, and business method patents.

Education

Wake Forest University School of Law 2019
J.D.
Order of Barristers
Executive Editor, Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property, 2018-2019
Captain, National Trial Team, 2017-2019
Moot Court Board, 2017-2019


North Carolina State University 2011
Electrical Engineering, B.S.


North Carolina State University 2011
Computer Engineering, B.S.

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Other Distinctions

Publications

The Doctrine of Equivalents in BPCIA Litigation,” written with Tasha Francis, Jenny Shmuel, and Kayleigh McGlynn, Fish Litigation Blog (December 16, 2019).

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