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- Missouri, 1988
- Oklahoma, 1995
- U.S. District Courts for the Western and Northern Districts of Oklahoma
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- J.D., University of Tulsa, 1988
- B.A., magna cum laude, University of Texas, 1984
- Tulsa County Bar Association
- Oklahoma Bar Association (Past President, Intellectual Property Section; Member, Committee on Law Schools)
- Missouri Bar Association
- American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Section; Franchising Committee; Visual Arts and Dramatic Works Committee)
- International Trademark Association
- International Franchise Association
- University of Tulsa College of Law Alumni Association (Past President)
- Tulsa Global Alliance
- Tulsa Street School
- Tulsa Arts Coalition
As a former trademark examining attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Rachel Blue brings extensive experience and insider knowledge to her practice in intellectual property law as well as franchise law, entertainment law and unfair competition matters.
Her intellectual property practice primarily focuses on trademark clearance and prosecution (searches, opinion letters, filing, prosecution, appeals and maintenance of applications and registrations), opposition and cancellation proceedings, and enforcement. She also handles licensing of all types of intellectual property, coexistence and consent agreements, copyright prosecution and filing, and litigation of trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights. Her franchise practice consists of preparation and review of disclosure documents and franchise agreements, registration of franchises, and counseling for both franchisees and franchisors.
As part of her practice, Rachel works with a wide network of international associates and acts as U.S. counsel for lawyers and clients in Canada, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Korea on intellectual property matters.
Rachel's achievements have earned her inclusion in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America (copyright law, intellectual property litigation, trademark law) and Oklahoma Super Lawyers, which has named her to its list of “Top 25 Women Lawyers.” She was selected by Best Lawyers as the "Tulsa Copyright Lawyer of the Year" for 2013, and both “Tulsa Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer of the Year” and “Tulsa Trademark Lawyer of the Year” for 2015, honors given to a single lawyer in each legal specialty in each community. Chambers USA shortlisted her for its 2012 "Women in Law" awards, recognizing her as a finalist for the "Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year" award.
Rachel has been rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell's Peer Review Ratings, a certification mark signifying that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. She was also named to the 2013 class of Power Attorneys and Legal Professionals by the Tulsa Business & Legal News and was a 2010 recipient of the The Journal Record’s Leadership in Law Award.
Rachel is a graduate of the University of Tulsa College of Law. Immediately following law school, she went to work for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington D.C. where she was responsible for handling trademark applications and served on a special detail to the Assistant Commissioner for Trademarks. Upon returning to Oklahoma in 1995, Rachel established a substantial portfolio of large institutional clients, growing businesses and individual entrepreneurs while in private practice.
Active in the legal community, Rachel has twice served as president of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section and served as member of the OBA’s Law Schools Committee. She is also a member of the International Trademark Association, the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section and the ABA’s Forum on Franchising. She is the past president of the University of Tulsa College of Law Alumni Association.
Rachel is a frequent author on intellectual property matters and other topics, including adoption issues. She and her husband are adoption advocates and often speak on the topic. Rachel is active in the Tulsa community, serving as an advisor and board member for several community organizations, including the Tulsa Arts Coalition, OSU-Okmulgee’s Innovation & Incubation Entrepreneurial Center, Tulsa Street School and the University of Tulsa College of Law. She is also involved with the Gilcrease Museum, Circle Cinema and Catholic Charities.
For goodness sake!
McAfee & Taft tIPsheet - August 2014
Gavel to Gavel: It all ads up
The Journal Record - January 2, 2014
Short attention spans
McAfee & Taft tIPsheet Intellectual Property Newsletter - June 2013
Check before you pin
The Journal Record - April 17, 2013
Is your trade secret safe with me?
McAfee & Taft tIPsheet - March 2013
McAfee & Taft tIPsheet - August 2012
Gavel to Gavel: Easy paths to profit loss
The Journal Record - August 9, 2012
Gavel to Gavel: Control Freaks
The Journal Record - April 14, 2011
Got to be real
The Journal Record - February 11, 2010
McAfee & Taft tIPsheet Intellectual Property Newsletter - February 1, 2010
Name calling: Using someone else’s trademark
The Journal Record - November 12, 2009
CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION - Losing more than just an employee
Oklahoma Employment Law Letter - May 1, 2009
When a picture's worth a thousand...dollars
McAfee & Taft tIPsheet Intellectual Property Newsletter - April 1, 2009
IN THE NEWS
Ads promoting charity donations fall under local, federal rules
The Oklahoman - July 22, 2014
A Woman in a Room Full of Men
Super Lawyers Magazine - Oklahoma Edition - October 2013
Blue among honorees for 2013 Power Attorneys & Legal Professionals
Tulsa, OK - May 17, 2013
AT THE PODIUM
Intellectual Property Is Relevant To Every Business
Tulsa County Bar Association CLE SeminarTulsa, OK | December 16, 2014
IP Update: Trademark Registration Benefits
The Knowledge GroupOnline | October 31, 2014
Cut + Paste = Copyright Infringement
NALS Professional Development and Education ConferenceTulsa, Oklahoma | March 11, 2010 - March 13, 2010
IP for Startups
Startup Weekend TulsaNovember 13, 2009 - November 15, 2009
The Role of Law Enforcement in Intellectual Property
Norman and Oklahoma City Police Department CLEET ProgramOctober 7, 2009