Rachit B. Parikh



Rachit B. Parikh is an associate with Foley & Lardner LLP, based in the firm’s Chicago office, where he is a member of the Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies Practice Group.

Rachit began with Foley as a summer associate where he drafted applications and responses to office actions to the USPTO. He also reviewed and analyzed freedom to operate opinions, conducted legal research and drafted a memorandum in connection with an on-going IP litigation.

Prior to working at Foley, Rachit served as a Lead Commercialization Analyst at the Office of Technology Management, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He reviewed and analyzed invention disclosures from various scientific backgrounds. He also conducted patentability and marketability searches to determine value of inventions and also drafted various licensing agreements. He was also part of University of Illinois College of Law’s trademark and patent clinics where he conducted trademark searches and drafted full patent applications for student led university startups.

Rachit also obtained experience as a law clerk at the Gas Technology Institute where he researched and drafted memorandum on the Bayh Dole Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and 2 C.F.R. § 200 et seq and how they pertained to nonprofit organizations. He also researched prior art and formulated patent procurement strategies concerning technologies related to motors and compressors.

During his studies at Saint Louis University, he designed and built a design for a drilling system that used a 3-dimensional computer model that incorporated mechanical and electrical systems and then drafted a detailed report for NASA for his capstone project. Rachit was also a student intern at Saint Louis University’s Research and Innovation Group where he reached out to marketing specialist to commercialize University patents. 



  • University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2020)
    • Internet and recent development editor, Journal of Law, Technology and Policy
    • Event Coordinator, Intellectual Property Legal Society
  • Saint Louis University, Mechanical Engineering (B.S., magna cum laude, 2017)
    • Major: mechanical engineering
    • Member, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society
    • Saint Louis University Indian Student Association


  • Gujarati


  • Illinois