Rachel M. Capoccia
  • Business Law, Intellectual Property
  • California
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Rachel Capoccia is a partner in JMBM's Intellectual Property Litigation and Cybersecurity and Privacy Groups. Her practice focuses on technology-based litigation and counseling, with an emphasis on patent litigation, copyright litigation and other technology-related matters. Her legal experience is complemented by 10 years working at IBM as a software engineer before law school, during which she led a team of engineers who developed computer graphics software and computer aided design systems.

Rachel represents clients in all phases of patent infringement matters involving diverse areas of technology, including digital cameras, Internet-­based software systems, biotechnology, cellular telephony, video and audio conferencing systems, image processing software, encryption software, CAD/CAM and computer graphics software, medical devices, and design patents. She also litigates copyright matters involving issues relating to motion picture authorship and ownership, alleged copying of musical works, and defending freelance photographers’ rights in digital derivative works. Combining her software development background and copyright experience, she counsels clients in issues related to copyrightability, fair use, and substantial similarity of software works, and in compliance with Digital Millennium Copyright Act provisions, and licensing of various types of intellectual property.

Rachel provides strategic privacy and cyber preparedness compliance counseling to clients involved in numerous fields, including security, mobile apps, Internet of Things, cloud computing, and government contracting. She also assists clients in developing and implementing best practices in cybersecurity and privacy monitoring and incident response.

University of Southern California Gould School of Law
J.D. (1995)
Rochester Institute of Technology
B.S. (1984)
Professional Experience
Partner - Intellectual Property Litigation Group
Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP
- Current
Alston & Bird LLP
Adjunct Law Professor, Copyright Law
University of Southern California
Hogan & Hartson
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Law Clerk to Honorable Cynthia Holcomb Hall, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals
Senior Software Developer
Speaking Engagements
Elimination of Bias in Intellectual Property Seminar, Elimination of Bias in Intellectual Property Seminar
U.S. Intellectual Property Law IPR Best Practices, Protection of Software, Prosecuting Patents under the AIA, AIA seminar
San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association: The Highlights (and Lowlights) of the Trademark and Copyright Year in Review, San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association
Los Angeles French Consulate
Los Angeles French Consulate: US Copyright and Licensing Books to Motion Picture Studios and Producers, Los Angeles French Consulate
Los Angeles French Consulate
AIPLA Spring Meeting: Managing Multi-District and Pseudo MDL Patent Litigation, AIPLA Spring Meeting
Intellectual Property Litigator of the Year
Century City Bar Association
Southern California Super Lawyer
Southern California Super Lawyers
2008-2017, 2019
Professional Associations
California State Bar # 187160
Activities: Intellectual Property Section
Los Angeles County Bar Foundation
Board of Directors
Western Center on Law & Poverty
Board of Directors
Downtown Women’s Center
Board of Directors
USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute
Executive Committee
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • English
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Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP
1900 Avenue of the Stars
7th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Telephone: (310) 201-3521
Fax: (310) 203-0567