Rachel Blue

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(918) 574-3007 | rachel.blue@mcafeetaft.com | Tulsa
Paralegal: Keli Dellegar
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Bio overview

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.

Rachel’s 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.

She has previously served as the leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group.

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, where she has been named to its list of “Top 25 Women Lawyers” and “Top 50 Oklahoma Lawyers.” She was selected by Best Lawyers as the “Tulsa Copyright Lawyer of the Year” for 2013, 2016 and 2020, “Tulsa Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer of the Year” for 2015, “Tulsa Trademark Lawyer of the Year” for 2015 and 2016, and “Tulsa Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer of the Year” for 2019, 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 her peers rank her at the highest level of professional excellence.

Rachel is a graduate of the University of Tulsa College of Law and was inducted into the College of Law’s Hall of Fame in 2017. She worked for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington D.C. for several years, 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.

Rachel developed and hosts the firm’s annual “Off The Record” event, which brings women law students together with practicing attorneys and judges to assist with career development. She 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.

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Experience, Honors, & Awards

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Shortlisted by Chambers USA for its 2012 “Women in Law” awards, recognizing her as a finalist for the Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year award
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (copyright law; intellectual property litigation; trademark law)
  • Named “Tulsa Copyright Lawyer of the Year” for 2013, 2016 and 2020, “Tulsa Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer of the Year” for 2015, “Tulsa Trademark Lawyer of the Year” for 2015 and 2016, and “Tulsa Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer of the Year” for 2019 by The Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Oklahoma Super Lawyers
  • Named to Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ lists of “Top 25 Women Lawyers” and “Top 50 Oklahoma Lawyers”
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • Honored with the Fern Holland Award by the University of Tulsa College of Law Women’s Law Caucus for her advocacy for the empowerment of women (2019)
  • Inducted into the University of Tulsa College of Law Hall of Fame (2017)
  • Honored with the University of Tulsa College of Law’s W. Thomas Coffman Award for Community Service (2017)
  • Named to the Tulsa Business & Legal News’ 2013 class of Power Attorneys and Legal Professionals
  • Honored with The Journal Record’s Leadership in Law Award, recognizing legal professionals for their professional and civic contributions to the state (2010)

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • 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

Civic Involvement and Leadership

  • Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless (Past President; Chair, Fund Development)
  • Tulsa Street School (Board of Advocates)
  • University of Tulsa College of Law (Dean’s Advisory Board)
  • University of Tulsa College of Law Alumni Association (Past President)
  • Tulsa United Way (Women’s Leadership Council)
  • Catholic Charities (Volunteer)

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At The Podium

Everyday Copyrights

2018 Corporate Counsel Seminar
Oklahoma City, OK | December 6, 2018

Everyday Copyrights

2018 Corporate Counsel Seminar
Tulsa, OK | December 4, 2018

Intellectual Property Is Relevant To Every Business

Tulsa County Bar Association CLE Seminar
Tulsa, OK | December 16, 2014

IP Update: Trademark Registration Benefits

The Knowledge Group
Online | October 31, 2014

Cut + Paste = Copyright Infringement

NALS Professional Development and Education Conference
Tulsa, Oklahoma | March 11, 2010 - March 13, 2010

IP for Startups

Startup Weekend Tulsa
November 13, 2009 - November 15, 2009

The Role of Law Enforcement in Intellectual Property

Norman and Oklahoma City Police Department CLEET Program
October 7, 2009
Attorney Articles

Articles

Copyright clarity

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |
Little copyright pirates

Little pirates

The Journal Record |
marijuana business trademark

Weeded out?

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

So big they failed… How trademarks become generic

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Graceful Exits

Best Lawyers Summer Business Edition 2017 |

Fake goods pose real risks when shopping online

The Journal Record |

I accept!

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Graceful exits

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Beefing up border security

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Kitchen Espionage

The Journal Record |

The spy who came in from the kitchen…

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

For goodness sake!

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

It all ads up

The Journal Record |

Short attention spans

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Check before you pin

The Journal Record |

Is your trade secret safe with me?

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Political animals

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Easy paths to profit loss

The Journal Record |

Control Freaks

The Journal Record |

Got to be real

The Journal Record |

Picture this

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Name calling: Using someone else’s trademark

The Journal Record |

Confidential Information: Losing more than just an employee

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

When a picture’s worth a thousand…dollars

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |
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Admissions

  • 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
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Education

  • J.D., University of Tulsa, 1988
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Texas, 1984
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In The News

Top Ranked Chambers USA 2019
McAfee & Taft shareholder and attorney Rachel Blue, University of Tulsa College of Law Dean Lyn Entzeroth, and Dean Christy Caves, director of professional development at the University of Tulsa College of Law
Off The Record 2019 - TU Law - Rachel Blue
Neal Johnston Music
Super Lawyers 2018

Best Lawyers honors 25 McAfee & Taft attorneys as ‘Lawyers of the Year’ for 2019

The Best Lawyers in America names 107 McAfee & Taft attorneys to 2019 edition

State business owners offered no federal trademark protection on marijuana brands

The Oklahoman |

Chambers USA 2018 honors McAfee & Taft as top-ranked firm, 35 attorneys singled out for individual honors

‘Off the Record’ reception big success with law students, lawyers

The Best Lawyers in America names 102 McAfee & Taft attorneys to 2018 edition

Chambers USA 2017 honors McAfee & Taft as top-ranked firm, 39 McAfee & Taft attorneys as leading lawyers for business

Rachel Blue inducted into TU Law Hall of Fame

TU Law ‘Off the Record’ reception big success with law students, lawyers

One size doesn’t fit all for online terms of service

The Oklahoman |

Chambers USA 2016 honors McAfee & Taft as top-ranked firm, 41 firm attorneys as leading lawyers

Plan exit interviews for workers privy to proprietary information

The Oklahoman |

Best Lawyers names 17 McAfee & Taft attorneys as 2016 ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in 18 categories

Ads promoting charity donations fall under local, federal rules

The Oklahoman |

A Woman in a Room Full of Men

Super Lawyers Magazine - Oklahoma Edition |

Blue among honorees for 2013 Power Attorneys & Legal Professionals

Tulsa, OK |

McAfee & Taft’s Rachel Blue shortlisted for Chambers USA ‘Women in Law’ award

McAfee & Taft names new shareholders

McAfee & Taft attorneys among 2010 Leadership in Law honorees

Veteran Intellectual Property Attorney Rachel Blue Joins McAfee & Taft