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The Right Way to Calculate Due Dates in Europe and China
If you are docketing in China or Europe, you may notice that calculated due dates don’t match the dates given by your foreign associate. This program will explain why and the proper way to calculate due dates in these countries.
Using Analytics as a Patent Annuity Decision Tool
Join us as our panel discusses best practices for the annuity payment decision process and how patent analytics can help assist annuity decision makers in making the best decisions possible.
IP Punch List for Software Companies
The Software field is a dynamic growing area. This webinar will focus on the challenges that software companies face in protecting their innovations both in the US and in other important jurisdictions.
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Schwegman is teaming up with WIPO to host an all-day complimentary "Advanced PCT Training" seminar that will provide insights to practitioners on amendments and recent developments to the PCT rules, developing a strategy for international filings and procedural safeguards.
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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