Melissa is Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel for Intellectual Ventures. She joined IV in May 2010 to build and lead IV’s patent enforcement program. Melissa and her in-house team of litigators manage a large and complex portfolio of domestic and international patent matters. She is also in charge of the company’s substantial body of post-grant work before the Patent Trials and Appeals Board of the USPTO. Melissa serves as a key legal advisor to Intellectual Ventures’ senior executive team in support of the company’s licensing efforts and in devising and executing strategies to monetize its IP assets. In addition, she participates in the company’s policy and legislative efforts to strengthen and improve the U.S. patent system and is a regular speaker at significant IP conferences across the country. Melissa is a former member of the Steering Committee for Working Group 9 (WG9) and Working Group 10 (WG10) now serving as a member of The Sedona Conference Working Group Series Leadership Council.