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Melanie Seelig

Melanie Seelig joined the firm as a partner in the Seattle office in January 2008. She has extensive experience in comprehensive client counseling and management in all aspects of intellectual property, including U.S. and international patent and trademark prosecution, copyright prosecution, trade secret matters, enforcement and agreement work involving all areas of intellectual property and due diligence related to mergers and acquisitions.   Melanie has extensive experience providing patent landscape analyses as well as infringement, validity and clearance analyses and opinions.

Melanie has also assisted clients in the development of comprehensive intellectual property programs involving both the procurement of IP assets and generation of corresponding enforcement programs.  From a technology standpoint, her broad physics and mathematics background has provided her with the opportunity to offer intellectual property counseling spanning a wide range of technical art areas in the mechanical, electrical, healthcare, medical, telecommunications, and computer software fields.

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University of Washington (UW), J.D.
Illinois State University, B.S., Physics
Illinois State University, B.S., Mathematics
State Bar of Washington
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court – Western District of Washington
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Communications Technology

Cellular Networking & Communications

Fiber Optic Networks

Internet Telephony

Low-Power Networks




Wireless Local Area Networks

Consumer Products & Services

Aesthetics & Personal Care Products

Food & Beverage

Restaurants & Hospitality

Sporting Goods & Recreation

Electrical, Semiconductor & Computer Technology

Electronics & Semiconductors

Healthcare Information Technology

Software & IT

Fashion & Beauty








Financial Services & Business Methods

Blockchain & Smart Contracts

Cloud Computing

Cryptocurrency & Encryption

Data Privacy

Dispute Resolution

Licensing & Indemnification

Open Source

Media, Advertising & Entertainment

Medical Devices & Procedures

Transportation & Vehicles

Aerospace & Space Technology

Electronics (Audio / Video, Communication, Navigation, Security)

Filters (Air, Fuel, Oil)

Passenger Transportation


Brand Portfolio Management
Brand Search
Covered Business Method (CBM)
Design Patents
Due Diligence
Global Portfolio Management
Infringement Risk 
Inter Partes Review (IPR)
International Trademarks
IP Strategy
IP Transactions and Agreements
Opinions Counseling
Patent Strategy & Prosecution
PostGrant Review (PGR)
PTAB Overview
Tech Transactions
Trade Secret
Trade Secret & Employee Mobility Litigation
Trade Secret Protection Advice, Counseling, Employee & Nondisclosure Agreements
Trademark & Brand Protection
Trademark Enforcement
Trademark Registration
U.S. Patent Prosecution

Ms. Seelig has received multiple awards and has been honored in both national and international forums for her legal accomplishments:

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the The Best Lawyers in America® for her work in patent law and trademark law (2016 – 2024)
  • Named one of the “World’s Leading Patent Professionals” in the Patent 1000 guide by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine for Prosecution (2014 – 2023). The 2021 guide called her an “essential ally” who “reads patent and innovation landscapes with unerring accuracy.” The 2022 guide described her as someone “who excels at reading competitive landscapes and designing get-ahead strategies for patrons.” The 2023 guide described her as someone “who adds further depth to the prosecution line-up. Her background in physics and mathematics is of great value to patrons in a wide range of sectors, from mechanical to software.”
  • Named as Washington Law & Politics Super Lawyer, 2004 and 2005
  • Board of Regents Scholar, Illinois State University, 1994
  • Robert G. Bone Scholar, Illinois State University, 1994
  • Departmental Honors in Physics and Mathematics, Illinois State University, 1994
  • University Honors Scholar, Illinois State University, 1994
  • Presidential Scholar, Illinois State University 1990-1994

American Intellectual Property Law Association

International Trademark Association

King County Bar Association

Washington State Patent Lawyers Association

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