Mr. Melcher earned a J.D. in law from Marquette University Law School, cum laude, in 1991.
From 1984 to 1988, Mr. Melcher worked in the Isotopes Department of Aldrich Chemical Company, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as an organic chemist. Mr. Melcher obtained a B.S. degree in Chemistry/Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin in 1984.
Mr. Melcher joined the firm of Manelli Selter PLLC, in 1997 as a partner. Previous to joining Manelli Selter, Mr. Melcher worked as a patent attorney in the firm of Cushman, Darby & Cushman, L.L.P. (now Pillsbury Winthrop, LLP.) in the District of Columbia from 1991 through 1997. He has successfully prepared and prosecuted several hundred patent applications worldwide in a variety of technologies, mostly relating to chemistry, including organic and inorganic compounds, emulsions, foods, pharmaceuticals, polymers, ceramics, magnets, metal alloys, pigments, semiconductor materials and superconductors. He also has extensive experience in chemical engineering applications, including processes and apparatus relating to automobile parts, batteries, medical devices, dental implants, laminates, magnetic recording media, optics, optical glass fiber production, photographic materials, power plants, pulp mills, semiconductor production, steel production, textiles, waste treatment plants, and alternative fuel production.
Mr. Melcher has successfully briefed and argued numerous appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. He also has successfully prepared and prosecuted numerous requests for reexamination applications and reissue applications.
Mr. Melcher has extensive experience in preparing validity and infringement opinions, and providing consultation to companies regarding a broad range of worldwide intellectual property protection and strategy issues. He has been retained as an expert in patent law in two patent litigations.
Mr. Melcher is a member of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the State Bar of Wisconsin, and the Federal Circuit Bar Association. Mr. Melcher is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.