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Melissa M. Harwood

Melissa M. Harwood

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Seattle, WA, USA


Dr. Melissa Harwood is resident in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s Seattle office, where her practice focuses on strategic patent counseling for life science, chemical, and healthcare companies. Her strategic patent counseling includes developing comprehensive IP strategies, preparation and prosecution of patent applications, assessing patentability and freedom to operate, and patent-related dispute representation. In addition to advising clients regarding protecting intellectual property rights, Melissa provides investor-side due diligence for financings, acquisitions, and IPOs. She also represents clients in connection with financings, acquisitions, and IPOs.

Melissa specializes in healthcare, chemical, and biotechnology patent matters, including small molecule therapeutics, formulations, immunotherapy, manufacturing processes, sequencing, polymer chemistry, nanotechnology, protein and nucleic acid chemistry, medical devices, diagnostics, and digital health technologies.

Melissa also has significant experience litigating patent matters in federal court and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including reexamination and inter partes review (IPR) proceedings.
Melissa M. Harwood is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Overcoming Obviousness Rejections Under 35 U.S.C. §103 - Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2017: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing, Thursday, September 14, 2017
Examination Guidelines Update: Developments in the Obviousness Inquiry After KSR v. Teleflex, Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 169 (September 1, 2010) - Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2017: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing, Thursday, September 14, 2017
Overcoming Obviousness Rejections under 35 U.S.C. §103 - Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2018: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing, Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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