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Rachel Herder

Rachel Herder

Director, Intellectual Property Clinic
Assistant Professor of Clinical Law

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., University of Minnesota
J.D., University of Minnesota
B.A., University of Colorado Boulder

Rachel Herder joined the Penn State Law faculty from leading intellectual property firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where, as an associate in the firm’s patents and innovation practice, she advised startup life science clients on various aspects of intellectual property law, including patent prosecution and litigation, university licensing, and Food and Drug Administration and healthcare regulations. She provided comprehensive counseling to clients on intellectual property and related business strategy with a focus on emerging companies. She managed global patent dockets, counsels clients in a variety of technology transactions, and analyzed intellectual property portfolios, including IP due diligence and freedom to operate. Professor Herder also has client counseling and litigation experience related to diagnostic testing and gene patents.

While pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, Professor Herder’s work focused on neuropeptide regulation of steroid hormone biosynthesis in insects. Her scientific research has been published in Development, the Journal of Neuroscience, and Plant Cell, among other publications. Prior to pursuing her J.D. and Ph.D., Professor Herder was an associate research scientist in the Botany Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Professor Herder’s teaching and mentoring experience includes serving as an adviser in the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project, where she provided guidance to law students advising a startup client on patentability and freedom to operate. She has also served as a lecturer and teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota.

Danielsen ET, Moeller ME, Komura-Kawa T, Fujimoto F, Troelsen JT, Herder R, O'Connor MB, Niwa R, and Rewitz KF (2014) Transcriptional Control of Steroid Biosynthesis Genes in the Drosophila Prothoracic Gland by Ventral Veins Lacking and Knirps PLoS Genetics 10(6) e1004343.

Moeller ME, Danielsen ET, Herder R, O'Connor MB, Rewitz KF (2013) Dynamic Feedback Circuits Function as a Switch for Shaping a Maturation-Inducing Steroid Pulse in Drosophila. Development. 140(23) 4730-2739.

Peterson A, Jensen P, Shimell M, Stefancsik R, Wijayatonge R, Herder R, Raftery L, O'Connor M (2012) R-Smad Competition Controls Activin Receptor Output in Drosophila. PLoS One. 7(5)e36548.

Sun M, Thomas MJ, Herder R, Bofenkamp ML, Selleck SB, O'Connor MB (2007) Presynaptic Contributions of Chordin to Hippocampal Plasticity and Spatial Learning. Journal of Neuroscience. 27(29):7740-50.

Otegui MS, Herder R, Schulze J, Jung R, Staehelin LA (2006) The Proteolytic Processing of Seed Storage Proteins in Arabidopsis Embryo Cells Starts in the Multivesicular Bodies. Plant Cell. 18(10):2567-81.

Herder, RJ and Demmig-Adams, B (2004) The Power of a Balanced Diet and Lifestyle in Preventing Cardiovascular Disease. Nutrition in Clinical Care. 7(2), 46-55.