Overview

As an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property practice, Melissa works with a wide range of clients on both domestic and international trademark clearance, enforcement, and prosecution, as well as corporate brand management, protection and expansion.

Melissa counsels clients in the selection and clearance of trademarks, and the prosecution of applications of registration before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board , to help protect and grow clients’ brand value.

Together with her clients, Melissa works to maintain, protect, enforce and expand their domestic and international trademark and IP portfolios. In the process, she counsels on avoiding infringement upon others’ intellectual property rights when launching new brand initiatives.

Melissa also addresses complex enforcement issues of clients’ intellectual property, including drafting cease and desist letters and negotiating resolution of intellectual property disputes. Routinely, she drafts and negotiates contracts for software and other IP licensing, master professional service agreements, entertainment and sponsorship agreements, literary consultation and writing agreements, and online transactions including online agreements, transactions, site terms and conditions, and privacy policies.

Her experience also includes enforcement of IP rights on the internet, including matters relating to domain name infringement, including URS and UDRP actions, cybersquatting, domain name acquisition and copyright violations. Melissa counseled large corporations during the rollout of the new generic top level domains and filed trademarks in the Trademark Clearinghouse to expand the protection of corporations’ trademark portfolios throughout the launch of the gTLD program.

In addition, Melissa counsels clients with issues relating to advertising,  telemarketing and email marketing campaigns. She advises regarding issues and requirements relating to product packaging in the U.S. and Canada. Melissa also assists clients with contests, promotions and sweepstakes.

Education

  • The John Marshall Law School  (J.D., 2013)
  • Ohio Wesleyan University  (B.A., 2009)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Illinois

Professional Associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association

Community

  • TECH CORPS, Board of Directors
  • Porter Wright, Law and Leadership Institute, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Porter Wright, Operation Feed Campaign, 2015