Rachel Burnim is an associate in the firm’s San Francisco office. She focuses on patent litigation and has a degree in engineering and applied science from Caltech.
Ms. Burnim has experience with preparing invalidity contentions and analyzing prior art references in the field of computer software. Prior to joining K&L Gates, she was a summer associate working on an invalidity expert report and consulting on invalidity strategy in a case involving computer networking. She was also a judicial extern for Judge Carlos T. Bea of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Burnim also has experience in appellate oral argument. As part of the Hastings Appellate Project in law school, she argued a pro bono case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Prior to practicing law, Ms. Burnim applied her academic background in engineering and applied science at Caltech, Stanford, NASA, and the Naval Surface Warfare Center. Her materials science research interests included high temperature ceramics and metallic glasses.