Ann E. Rabe

  • Office:
    • Milwaukee

      411 East Wisconsin Avenue
      Suite 1000
      Milwaukee, WI 53202

  • Telephone: (414) 287-1436
  • Fax: (414) 238-6617

Ann Rabe is a Shareholder in the Technology Law Section. Her practice focuses on advising clients on business and licensing strategies regarding intellectual property (IP), including information, software, cloud computing and technology issues; counseling and preparing opinions in IP matters; performing IP evaluations and audits; and conducting due diligence reviews for acquisitions, mergers and stock filings, including IPO filings for technology companies. Ann counsels clients regarding the sale and licensing of intellectual property, as well as negotiating and drafting contracts and licenses for complex intellectual property transactions, including exclusive patent license agreements for current and future technologies; patent licenses and know-how agreements for large technology transfer offices of universities and educational institutions; and material transfer agreements involving biological and chemical materials, including stem cells and proteins. Ann also has extensive experience drafting and negotiating multimillion-dollar software licensing, development, and services contracts; sponsored research agreements; inter-institutional agreements for research institutions with collaborative research and development programs; consumer and medical records disclosure agreements; copyright and trademark license agreements; and counseling on data privacy, compliance and security issues.

Ann has extensive experience in analyzing the patent landscape for a specific technology, designing suitable patent filing strategies, drafting and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications, and supervising foreign patent counsel. Her experience also includes providing opinions on patentability, infringement, inventorship, validity and freedom-to-operate issues. She has prepared freedom-to-operate opinions for ethanol plants and biofuels processes, and has experience with ethanol and non-ethanol biofuels including biofuels produced from cellulosic sources (i.e., corn and feed stock) and recombinant and isolated microorganisms.

Ann has drafted and prosecuted patent applications on biochemical and organic chemical technologies, including chemical polymers and films; small molecule chemical synthesis and purification; diagnostic assays; animal feeds and supplements; renewable fuels; organic photovoltaic devices; adhesive labels; devices and methods for detecting nucleic acid and protein; methods of producing and diversifying chemical libraries; novel anti-bacterial and anti-cancer agents; drug screening methods; purification and analysis of protein and carbohydrates; recombinant DNA technologies; drug delivery devices and methods; and genetically engineered bacteria, animals, and plants.

Ann is a member of both the American and Wisconsin Intellectual Property Associations, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Bar Association. Ann is also a registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Practice Areas:


  • University of Wisconsin, J.D., cum laude, 2004
  • Viterbo University, B.S., cum laude, 2000

Bar Admissions:

  • Wisconsin
  • Licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office


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