Joseph Melnik

Joe Melnik's practice is focused primarily on patent litigation in the software and electronics industries. He has successfully represented companies in patent cases relating to a wide variety of technologies, including cryptographic and data security technologies, smart cards, biometrics, cellular telephony, SMS messaging, internet-related technologies, computer networking, wireless communications, semiconductors, database technologies, and financial transactions. In addition, Joe frequently represents companies in high-stakes licensing disputes in a broad range of technology areas.

Joe also assists clients in matters related to technology licensing, technology commercialization, and other technology-related transactions. His practice includes a wide range of activities related to the commercialization of technology including negotiating and drafting license agreements, joint ventures, joint development agreements, strategic alliances, services, and supply agreements; identifying and assisting in the implementation of strategies for maximizing the benefits of cross-border technology transactions; advising on intellectual property issues that arise in connection with larger corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions; and assisting clients in developing both domestic and international product commercialization strategies that utilize intellectual property positions to protect and expand market share.

Joe's practice further includes the development and management of international patent portfolios, freedom-to-practice opinions, patent reexamination, and general IP counseling. In this role, Joe regularly counsels clients on techniques for developing robust intellectual property portfolios, mining existing portfolios for key intellectual assets, and managing a company's intellectual capital to maximize commercial benefits while minimizing risks and costs.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Intellectual Property and 2) Post Grant Review
Law School Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Education The Ohio State University (B.S., 1991)
Bar Member / Association Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Most recent firm Jones Day
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