Melanie Mayer's practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and arbitrations as well as counseling. She also represents clients in Inter Partes Review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, advises on freedom to operate and due diligence issues, and provides non-infringement and validity opinions, including opinions for Paragraph IV certifications. Melanie has represented clients in a variety of jurisdictions around the country including the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of Michigan, the District of Delaware, the Northern District of New York, the Western District of Wisconsin, the Eastern District of Texas, the Western District of Washington, and before the Federal Circuit.
Before attending law school, Melanie worked in biotechnology and earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She also has a B.S. in biochemistry. Although Melanie has represented clients in matters involving a range of technological fields (e.g., high performance computing systems, networking, ecommerce, and semiconductors), her practice focuses on matters involving biotechnology. Melanie’s strong technical background allows her to understand her client’s technology at a sophisticated level and then to effectively communicate those complex technical issues to a judge or jury.
Melanie has also been recognized for her pro bono work. In 2015, Melanie was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award by the Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco. In 2014, she obtained a significant settlement for a California state prisoner who was denied medical care for appendicitis and a ruptured appendix. Melanie also assists the Northwest Innocence Project.
Recent Legal Publications and Presentations
- BIO Intellectual Property Counsels Committee Conference, How Corporate Engineers Derail the Patent Train, March 2016
- Fenwick & West’s Patent Law Year in Review, January 2016
- Melanie L. Mayer and David K. Tellekson, U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Post-Patent Expiration Royalties, September 2015
- Melanie L. Mayer, Navigating § 101: Patentable Subject Matter, April 2013.
- Melanie L. Mayer, Reverse Payment Agreements, April 2013.
- Melanie L. Mayer and David K. Tellekson, IP Litigation Alert: U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh In on Reverse Payment Deals, April 2013.
- Ewa M. Davison, Melanie L. Mayer and Stuart P. Meyer, Final Patent Rules Provide Few Surprises, August 2012.
- Ewa M. Davison, Melanie L. Mayer and Stuart P. Meyer, IP Litigation Alert: PTO Publishes Final Rules for Contested Patent Cases, August 2012.
- Mayer, ML, Pot, I, Chang, M, Xu, H, Aneliunas, V, Kwok, T., Newitt, R, Aebersold, R, Boone, C, Brown, GW, and Hieter, P, “Identification of protein complexes required for efficient sister chromatid cohesion,” Mol. Biol. Cell. (2004) 15(4): 1736-45.
- Mayer, ML, Gygi, SP, Aebersold, R, and Hieter, P, “Identification of RFC (Ctf18p, Ctf8p, Dcc1p): an alternative RFC complex required for sister chromatic cohesion in S. cerevisiae,” Mol. Cell. (2001) 7(5): 959-70.
- Mayer, ML and Hieter, P, “Protein networks – built by association,” Nat. Biotechnol. (2000) 18(12): 1242-3.
- Nava, VE, Cheng, EH, Veliuona, M, Zou, S, Clem, RJ, Mayer, ML, and Hardwick, JM, “Herpesvirus saimiri encodes a functional homolog of the human bcl-2 oncogene,” J. Virol. (1997) 71(5): 4118-22.
- Bassett, DE Jr, Basrai, MA, Connelly, C, Hyland, KM, Kitagawa, K, Mayer, ML, Morrow, DM, Page, AM, Resto, VA, Skibbens, RV, and Hieter, P, “Exploiting the complete yeast genome sequence,” Curr. Opin. Genet. Dev. (1996) 6(6): 763-6.