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Constance Gall Rhebergen
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Constance Rhebergen serves as head of the firm’s Technology and Intellectual Property Section and has served as a member of the firm’s management committee. She is a registered patent attorney who counsels and represents business clients in the identification, protection, licensing and transfer of intellectual property assets and in providing patent infringement and validity opinions.

She advises businesses and government agencies in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, MENA region, and elsewhere on intellectual property matters, portfolio management, and on international intellectual property law disputes.

Ms. Rhebergen brings a rich blend of skills developed over years of practice in a range of technologies, including energy, chemical and process applications, mechanical arts, and computer software. Industries served include oil and gas, hydrocarbon processing, chemical processing, petrochemicals, agriculture and food, computer software, oilwell drilling, synfuel, sports, education, telephone, wastewater, mechanical equipment, instrumentation, and explosives.

Prior to joining Bracewell, she was employed by ChemShare Corp. as a senior engineering consultant supporting proprietary chemical process software; and by Bechtel Corp. as a chemical process engineer providing new technology evaluation, including design of process flows and detail engineering. She was engaged as a researcher for M. Verfahrenstechnik Institute in West Germany, and was involved in designing and developing system control for high temperature resistant filters and consulting with clients in rheology; and by Koppers Inc., where she provided services managing efficiency standards for polymer production and heat-transfer processes.

Representative Matters

Representation of national oil companies in patent prosecution, trademark matters, licensing, joint development and commercialization negotiations

Representation of a large fuel and lubricant technology company in patent prosecution, worldwide intellectual property asset management, and trade secret litigation

Representation of Petrologistics in negotiation of license and engineering and technical services agreement for C3 Catofin - Dehyrogenation Unit for production of polypropylene, as well as development of intellectual property strategy surrounding auxiliary developments

Representation of Kinder Morgan in contract negotiations for condensate processing service agreements and engineering procurement agreements relative to development of multiple units of new condensate plant as well as further expansions

Representation of Westinghouse in negotiation of intellectual property provisions and licenses in engineering, procurement and construction agreement and consortium arrangements for new nuclear power plants in the United States, Canada and Poland

Representation of ITS, a wholly owned subsidiary of PEMEX, in a multimillion dollar software negotiation with one of the world's major software companies

Representation of trademark owners in domain name disputes before ICANN

Representation of a software developer in Internet domain name disputes and copyright issues related to Digital Millennia Act, warez sites and translations

Representation of an international Internet recruitment service provider in intellectual property issues including privacy issues, data protection and safe harbor provisions

Representation of school districts and colleges related to copyright issues, Internet privacy and terms of use, distance learning, and rights of publicity

Representation of a merchant energy company in the intellectual property component of securing $6.2 billion in credit facilities

Representation of Progress Materials, A Progress Fuels Company, in patent prosecution and multi-million dollar patent litigation

Representation of a Fortune 500 U.S. energy company with international assets in the sale of assets, including evaluation and due diligence of all intellectual property assets

Representation of a public entity in a $20 million software license and service agreement negotiation and due diligence

Representation of an engineering company in patent prosecution and multinational trademark protection

Representation of the City of Madrid in an intellectual property licensing negotiation for a theme park with a major entertainment corporation

Publications and Speeches

"Lame-Duck Patent Reform Goes Almost Entirely Unnoticed," Law360, December 2012

"Intellectual Property Issues in the Oilfield Services Sector," The Institute for Energy Law, October 2011

"Applying Old Methods to New Intellectual Property Challenges," Inside the Minds: Understanding Trademark and Copyright Developments for Online Content (7-20). Eagan, MN: Thomson Reuters/Aspatore, 2010

"Preparing for Hurricane ICANN," Baseline, August 2009

"Dot California or Dot Bust: Striking Gold in ICANN's New Domain Spaces," Internet Retailer, August 2009

"Land Rush in Cyberspace: ICANN’s Proposed Game-Changer and Its Impact on Trademark Rights," Bloomberg Technology Law, July 2009 

"Still Under Construction: The Patent Prosecution Highway and the Triway: Are These The Roads To A World Patent Office?" Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, 20(11): 23-27 (2008)

Education

J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1994
M.B.A., University of Houston, 1994
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, 1986

Bar Admissions

Texas
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas

Certifications

Certified Licensing Professional

Affiliations

State Bar of Texas
Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
Texas Women Lawyers
International Trademark Association

Noteworthy

Chambers & Partners, Chambers USA, Intellectual Property, 2006-2012, 2014-2015
Legalease, The Legal 500 United States, Intellectual Property (IP): Patent Prosecution: Utility and Design Patents, 2011-2015
Globe Business Publishing Ltd., IAM Patent 1000, 2012-2015
Globe Business Publishing Ltd., Client Choice, 2015
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, Managing Intellectual Property, IP Star (Texas), 2014-2015; IP Star (United States), 2014
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars: Top 250 Women in IP, 2013-2014
PLC Which Lawyer?, 2010-2012
American City Business Journals, Houston Business Journal, Top IP Litigators in Houston, 2011
Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2008
Thomson Reuters, Texas Super Lawyers, 2006-2007
Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation