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Ryan E. Melnick, Ph.D.

Ryan E. Melnick is a partner in our San Diego Office.  Dr. Melnick’s practice focuses on obtaining patent protection and providing counsel to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies.  His expertise includes: counseling on patent strategy, worldwide patent procurement, searching and analysis of third-party patent positions, intellectual property opinions, due diligence, and licensing.  His experience spans all phases of the business life cycle, including multiple successes in helping companies obtain venture funding, enter into partnering deals, negotiate licenses, or achieve favorable exits (including mergers and acquisitions, asset divestiture, and public offerings).

Dr. Melnick currently represents clients pursuing small-molecule or biological therapeutics, orthopedic devices, therapeutic ultrasound devices, electrochemical devices, NMR/MRI techniques and devices, and technologies in other areas of chemistry and physics.

During his doctoral studies, Dr. Melnick studied electrochemical catalysis and participated in the Institute for Transportation Studies, focusing on the promotion of fuel-cell technologies.  He also conducted research in astronomy during his undergraduate studies.

Dr. Melnick joined the firm in 2003 and became a partner in 2009.

Extern Experience

Extern to the Honorable Charles R. Breyer, District Court Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 2002-2003

University of California – Berkeley – School of Law (CAL), J.D., Moot Court Advocacy Award, Berkeley Technology Law Journal
University of California – Davis, Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, National Science Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
Andrews University, M.S., Interdisciplinary Studies – Physics and Chemistry
Andrews University, B.S., Biophysics, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Pi Sigma
State Bar of California
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Antibodies & Immunology

Biological Manufacturing of Chemicals

Diagnostic Tools

Research Tools & Reagents


Chemical, Industrial & Materials

Analytical Chemistry


Chemical Engineering

Food Chemistry

Fuel Cells & Batteries

Organic Chemistry

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Physical Chemistry


Medical Devices & Procedures

Catheters & Probes

Drug Eluting & Drug Delivery Devices

Glucose Monitoring & Insulin Infusion


Minimally Invasive & Endoscopic Procedures




Antibodies & Immunology

Diagnostic Tools

Research Tools & Reagents


Due Diligence
Global Portfolio Management
Infringement Risk 
IP Strategy
IP Transactions and Agreements
Opinions Counseling
Patent Strategy & Prosecution
Tech Transactions
U.S. Patent Prosecution

Recognized in The Legal 500 “United States 2015” as being an outstanding practitioner. In this guide, he was noted for assisting Rempex Pharmaceuticals with their acquisition by The Medicines Company.

Named to the San Diego Daily Transcript‘s 2014 “Top Attorney” list for his IP Transactional work.

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association (SDIPLA)

American Chemical Society (ACS)

American Bar Association (ABA)

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