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About

Jeff Racho is a business-focused attorney with over ten years of experience in guiding emerging entities. He has experience in venture capital and early stage investments, as well as intellectual property.

Representative Experience

Intellectual Property law

  • Represented wine companies regarding trademark registrations, trademark infringement, and coexistence agreements; also represented these companies regarding import laws and logistics for the import of wine from Europe
  • Prosecuted patents before the USPTO in the arts of material engineering, electric devices, processes, and compositions of matter
  • Licensing agreements for trademarks, patents, and software, including “Software as a Service” (SaaS) access agreements, End-User License Agreements (EULAs), software development agreements, and functional specifications
  • Drafted and reviewed privacy policies; registered as a Certified Information Privacy Professional
  • Handled copyright and trademark matters and “work made for hire” agreements for film production companies
  • Represented clients in domain name disputes

Early-Stage/”Startup” Corporations

  • Represented startup companies in the fields of electronic/mobile payments, online education, real estate technology, and “fintech” regarding corporate formation, corporate governance, equity compensation, employment agreements, general contract matters, and “company-side” financing agreements
  • Represented “investor-side” financings of startup companies, including financings by convertible notes, Simple Agreements for Future Equity (SAFEs), and early-stage “priced” equity rounds
  • Performed due diligence for angel investor groups related to contract review, corporate governance, and intellectual property
  • Developed plans for product compliance with banking/financial regulations (including the Electronic Funds Transfer Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and the Payments Card Industry Data Security Standard) and real estate compliance (including with various Multiple Listing Services in numerous states)

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Admitted: Texas; Pennsylvania, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
  • Education: Cornell University (M.B.A, 2004); Villanova University Law School (J.D., 1998); University of Notre Dame (B.S., 1991).

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS

  • Registered Investment Adviser (FINRA Series 65), 2015
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (IAPP), 2019
  • Notre Dame Club of Austin, Treasurer, President, and Board Member, 2009-2013

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Co-author, Computer Agreements Volume, Rabkin & Johnson: Current Legal Forms (LEXIS-NEXIS, 1998–2002)
  • Contributing author, Data Security and Privacy Law (West Group, 2002)
  • Sole Inventor, U.S. Pat. No. 7,357,082
  • Sole Inventor, U.S. Pat. No. 7,525,203
  • Sole Inventor, U.S. Pat. No. 8,784,172
  • Sole Inventor, U.S. Pat. No. 9,737,060

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Tabbedout – Employee of the Month, 2011
  • Irish Angels investment Group – Due Diligence Award 2013; “Team Player” Award, 2019
  • Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, 2nd Round Placement, 2019