Melissa advises clients in relation to a range of intellectual property rights and has particular experience advising established businesses, start-ups and individuals on the intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions.
Melissa first joined Stevens & Bolton in 2017 as a paralegal in the corporate practice before commencing her training contract in 2019. She qualified as a solicitor into the intellectual property team in 2021. During her training contract, Melissa spent time on secondment at a global biotechnology company where she gained valuable in-house experience of commercial contracts and intellectual property matters.
Melissa has an interest in a wide range of intellectual property issues. She regularly advises clients on protecting and retaining value in their intellectual property in the context of complex corporate transactions. She also advises on the drafting of complex patent and know-how licensing arrangements, with a particular focus on the life sciences sector. Melissa’s contentious experience includes advising a range of clients on handling trade mark and copyright infringements and domain name disputes.
Recent highlights include:
- Providing regular support to a global biotechnology company in preparing, advising on, and negotiating licences related to gene expression technology patents and know-how
- Drafting and advising on deeds of assignment in respect of key intellectual property rights for the developer of a mind fitness application in the context of an investment into the company
- Acting for a global management consultancy company in relation to a trade mark infringement and domain name complaint
Melissa also writes articles on a range of intellectual property and life sciences issues, and has been published by the PharmaTimes. Melissa is also a member of the firm’s life sciences group.