Rita E. Tautkus focuses on intellectual property (IP) and complex business litigation. She represents both Fortune 500 and emerging growth companies in joint venture actions, investor and license agreements, technology and utility contracts, and complex accounting matters. She also handles patent infringement litigation for the biometric, telecommunications, semiconductor, manufacturing, and biotechnology sectors, as well as trade secret litigation and trademark matters. Her clients include companies engaged in information imaging technology, wireless telecommunications, DNA arrays, embedded software, printed circuit boards, banking, and utilities.
Rita has a strong commitment to public service. Since 2013, Rita has served on the board of visitors for Santa Clara University School of Law and as a mentor for the school’s Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic. She was named an “Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service” by The Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco for the years 2011, 2013, and 2014.
Prior to pursuing her legal career, Rita was a financial analyst for Intel Corporation. She handled multimillion dollar projects for Intel’s semiconductor manufacturing operations, peripheral components, and sales and marketing divisions.
Santa Clara University, 1987, M.B.A.
Santa Clara University School of Law, 1992, J.D.
University of California, Davis, 1982, B.A.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Intellectual Property, Law360 (2019)
Listed, “Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service,” The Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco (2011, 2013-2014)
Member, American and California State Bar Associations, Intellectual Property and Litigation Sections