Melissa Nowak is a member at COJK, focusing her practice on developing patent portfolios to secure patent protection for her clients' inventions. Melissa works with life science and biotechnology companies, universities, and non-profit research organizations to successfully obtain patent protection using practical and cost-efficient approaches.
Melissa's areas of particular technical expertise include molecular biology, immunology, genetics, and neurosciences. Representative client technologies include applications relating to kinase inhibitors, fluorophore-protein conjugates, pH monitoring systems, microfluidic devices, DNA isolation and purification, high throughput drug screening, bacterial inhibitors, peptides, nanoparticles, antibiotic compounds, vaccines, pharmaceuticals, transcription modules, somatic embryogenesis, cellulose fibers, and dietary and nutritional supplements. In addition, Melissa has experience handling appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Prior to entering law school, Melissa's graduate research in comparative immunology focused on the genetic diversity of antibody light chains in monotremes. Melissa also worked as a research assistant in the field of neurosciences, where her research focused on neuronal-specific RNA binding proteins and neuronal plasticity. The results of her research have been published in prominent scientific journals.
Melissa is a member of the firm's trademark practice group and has experience in all aspects of trademark practice including worldwide trademark search and clearance, preparation and prosecution of trademark applications, and trademark enforcement and defense. Melissa has worked with clients in many different industries including video games, online media, music, consumer electronics, sporting goods, pharmaceuticals, and dietary and nutritional supplements, and has provided valuable in-house attorney services for trademark clients. In addition, Melissa has handled appeals and opposition proceedings before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Melissa also counsels clients in the areas of copyright protection and infringement.
Melissa is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and currently serves as vice chair of the organization’s Public Information Committee, which prepares and publishes information on trademarks and brands for the general public. Melissa is recognized for her skill in trademark law by World Trademark Review in the 2017 - 2019 editions of WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, and is named for her work in patent law in Intellectual Asset Management’s 2018 and 2019 issues of the IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals and in Managing Intellectual Property’s 2019 edition of IP Stars. Melissa is proficient in French.