Rathna Koka Ph.D.

“Identified as one of the world’s leading IP strategists” as featured in the 2015 edition of IAM 300 – A Guide to the World’s Leading IP Strategists.

Rathna Koka, Ph.D. is a patent attorney with extensive food and life sciences patent experience including 16 years at Kraft Foods.

Rathna is a recognized Intellectual Property professional described as an exceptional individual with an established track record in developing and rolling out world-class IP value creation programs as featured in IAM Strategy 300, The World’s Leading IP Strategists (2015). Rathna is a uniquely qualified patent attorney with a successful track record of basic & applied research, intellectual property strategy and patent law. Her IP experience includes competitive intelligence mapping, patent prosecution, invention and patent claim analysis, defensive ring-fencing, IP strategy development in improving patent portfolio quality to maximize business potential. She has experience with providing non-infringement opinions, drafting licenses and joint development agreements. She graduated cum laude from the John Marshall Law School, she also holds a Ph.D. from Utah State University.

Rathna has a proven research track record and holds numerous patents in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Her research has been extensively published in scientific journals, and she has presented frequently at international food microbiology symposia. As a scientist at Kraft Foods, a multinational food and Beverage company, Rathna's contributions had over $100 million in product portfolio impact. Her expertise includes bioactive peptides, enzyme mediated bio-transformations, manipulation of cheese microbial ecology, antimicrobials, functional proteins, design of human metabolic studies, and bio-process optimization. 

Practice Groups
  • J.D., cum laude
    The John Marshall Law School, 2014
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Thermostable extracellular enzymes
    The University of Iowa, 1999
  • Ph.D., Biosensor Development
    Utah State University, 1999
  • M.S., Food Technology (Enzymology)
    G.B.P. University of Agriculture & Technology, India, 1991
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Experience | Legal

KRAFT Foods Global Inc.
Technology Principal & Associate and Associate Technology Principal, 2010-2015

Associate Technology Principal, 2006-2010

Senior Scientist, 2001-2006

Scientist, 1999-2001

Experience | Patents
  • US7329424B2 Process for manufacturing cheeses and other dairy products thereof
  • EP 1452097B1 Mineral complexes of lactobionic acid and method of using mineral fortification in food products
  • US200401070728A1 Use of siderophores and organic acids to retard lipid oxidation
  • JP2007135592A Cheese flavor composition and process for making the same
  • US20050112238A1 Cheese flavoring systems prepared with bacteriocins
  • US20060286269A1 Process for granulation of edible seeds
  • US7186427B2 Method for producing a fermented dairy product
Forward Thinking
  • Rapid protease detection of extracellular Pseudomonas fluorescens protease. R. Koka & B.C. Weimer; 17th Int. Symp. of the Int. Comm. on Food Microbiol. & Food Hygiene, Veldhoven, The Netherlands, 1999
  • Isolation and characterization of two lipases from Pseudomonas fluorescens RO98. R. Koka and B. Weimer; Presentation at the Annual Intermountain Conference of the American Society of Microbiologists, 1998
  • Hydrolysis of Cheddar cheese-associated hydrophobic bitter peptides by Pseudomonas fluorescens protease. R. Koka and B.C. Weimer; 17th Int. Symp. of the Int. Comm. on Food Microbiol. & Food Hygiene, Veldhoven, The Netherlands, 1999.
  • A semi-automated reflectance colorimetric method for the determination of lipase activity in milk. 1996. M. R. Blake, R. Koka, and B.C. Weimer.; J. Dairy Sci. 79:1164-1171.
  • Production and isolation of heat-stable lipases from Pseudomonads. R. Koka, M. Hill, M. Blake, B. Weimer and H. Craven.; National meeting of the American Dairy Science Association, Corvallis, Oregon, 1996
Press Releases & Events
January 11, 2016

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  • Law Review - Review of Intellectual Property Law, Staff Editor (2012-2013)
  •  CALI Award: Property Law (2013)
  • Order of The John Marshall, a honorary scholastic society recognizing academic excellence
  • Academic Achievement Scholarship; Continuing Student Academic Achievement Scholarship (2009-2013)
  • Moot Court Council member at The John Marshall Law School (2012)
  • Dean’s Honor Roll at The John Marshall Law School (every semester during enrollment)
  • River Trails School District 26 Board, Elected Public office (2012-2016 term)
  • North Suburban Special Education Organization, Board Member: (2013-2014)
  • Institute of Food Technologists, Executive Board member, Chicago section (2004-2007)