Rory Rankin


Rory D. Rankin specializes in intellectual property matters with an emphasis in patent procurement and counseling. Mr. Rankin has extensive experience in the computing and electrical arts, including computer network hardware and software, hardware and software security, network security, data backup and protection, application software, middleware and operating systems, power management, multimedia content management, storage system hardware and software, virtual memory systems, video distribution systems, computer system architecture and design, graphics processors and processing, microprocessor architecture, network and communication systems and protocols, integrated circuits, distributed computing, and parallel processing.

Prior to his work as an attorney, Mr. Rankin was employed as an engineer and worked for IBM in the Personal Systems Division Network Software, and for Motorola at the Somerset Design Center – the IBM, Motorola, and Apple Alliance – where he worked on integrated processor development and chip set design. Mr. Rankin has counseled on the procurement and protection of both patents and trademarks in numerous countries around the world.

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  • Texas State Courts
  • US Patent and Trademark Office


University of Texas at El Paso

  • B.S. with Honors in Computer Science
  • Served as president of the Computer Science Honor Society Upsilon Pi Epsilon
  • Vice President of Student Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery
  • Member of numerous honor societies

University of Texas at Austin

  • M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering

The University of Texas School of Law

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree