Melissa Patterson is a registered patent attorney who focuses her practice on preparation and prosecution of patent applications and counseling, particularly in the areas of software, computer hardware, mobile communications, voice/image processing, financial networks, data compression, encryption protocols, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Ms. Patterson is active nationally, including in San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle markets.

Ms. Patterson is also an active member of the legal community, often volunteering at various organizations such as the San Diego County Bar Association, the Domestic Violence and Civil Harassment Clinic for the Superior Court of San Diego, and Legal Aid Society of San Diego. She was also elected as an executive council member of the San Diego County Bar Association's intellectual property (IP) Law Section.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Patterson worked at various Los Angeles law firms on IP prosecution and litigation matters. Some of these matters included conducting non-infringement and invalidity analyses for patent litigation matters involving wireless communication standards, electrical engineering specifications, and computer software patents.

While in law school, Ms. Patterson served as an extern for the Honorable Valerie Baker Fairbank at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. She also worked as a legal intern at Fox Cable Network in Los Angeles. Prior to attending law school, she gained eight years of experience as a computer programmer and software project manager.


Loyola Law School, J.D. (2011)

University of California, Irvine, B.S., Information and Computer Science, Minor in Digital Arts (2003) Dean's Honors List


California (2011)

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of California (2011)

United States Patent and Trademark Office (2010)

Professional & Community Activities

San Diego County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section, Executive Committee Member-at-Large (2017), Vice Chair (2018), Chair (2019)

Superior Court of San Diego, Domestic Violence and Civil Harassment Clinic, Volunteer Attorney

Project Scientist, STEM Superstar and taught a class on 3D printing (2018)


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