Melissa Vanessah Pace is of counsel with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP. Mrs. Pace offers the firm’s clients a strong technical background, as well as more than 15 years’ experience in intellectual property protection including intellectual property litigation, licensing, patent preparation and prosecution, and trademark registration.
Mrs. Pace’s areas of experience include intellectual property litigation; patent preparation and prosecution; trademark registrations, analysis, and rights disputes; software licensing agreements; technical employee employment agreements; intellectual property business strategic counseling; business litigation; licensing negotiations; patent evaluation and monetization; and technical due diligence.
Mrs. Pace’s experience includes preparing and prosecuting patents for such marquee technology companies as Intel, IBM and Nortel Networks. Mrs. Pace has negotiated and drafted patent licensing agreements, prepared and prosecuted multiple trademark applications, and participated in patent reexaminations. She also has patent litigation experience in the Northern and Central Districts of California; District of Oregon; Western District of Washington; District of Colorado; Northern District of Illinois; Western, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas; District of Delaware; Middle District of Florida; Northern District of Georgia; District of Massachusetts; and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Complementing Mrs. Pace’s experience in intellectual property litigation is her work in federal civil rights law, where she has participated in litigation and successfully resolved a number of cases as lead attorney in mediation. Ms. Pace also volunteers each year at Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas to assist members of the community in need.
Prior to beginning her legal career, Mrs. Pace developed software for radar equipment for Electrospace (now Raytheon) in Richardson, Texas, for pharmaceutical equipment for McKesson Corporation in Carrollton, Texas, as well for accounting equipment for Solvay, Inc., in Brussels, Belgium.