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J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law
B.S., Systems Engineering
University of Virginia
United States Patent and Trademark Office
State of Illinois
State of Connecticut
Melaina is a registered patent attorney licensed to practice in Illinois, Connecticut and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She received her Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in May 2008. Prior to joining the firm, Melaina worked as a law clerk for the Honorable David M. Borden and George D. Stoughton of the Connecticut Appellate Court.
While in law school, Melaina served as the Administrative Editor of the Connecticut Journal of International Law and held leadership roles in the American Constitution Society and the Connecticut Unemployment Action Center. She was also selected to serve as a teaching assistant for Lawyering Process, a first-year research and writing class.
Melaina received her B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2001 and worked as an analyst at two financial institutions. Melaina has experience with the prosecution of utility and design patents relating to consumer products and surgical devices and systems.
Melaina has also been honored with the CALI Excellence Award Intellectual Property Law Clinic, the CALI Excellence Award Taxation of Nonprofit Organizations, the Connecticut Bar Association Real Property Section Award, and an Honorable Mention in the 24th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition.