Melissa A. Anyetei: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

Melissa A. Anyetei

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone+1 312 701 7103

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Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • Counseling & Prosecution
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Transactions
  • Trial Proceedings Before the PTAB
  • Life Sciences
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Contact InfoTelephone: +1 312 701 7103
Fax: +1 312 706 8503
University Northwestern University, B.S., Industrial Engineering, 2002
Law SchoolColumbia Law School, J.D., 2005
Admitted2005, Illinois; 2007, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; 2012, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; US Patent and Trademark Office, 2008


Junior Board Member, YMCA Project SOAR

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Chicago Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Committee

Cook County Bar Association

Black Women Lawyers' Association

Licensing Executives Society


Melissa Anyetei is an Intellectual Property partner in Mayer Brown's Chicago office. A registered patent attorney with a background in engineering, Melissa focuses her practice on patent litigation, procurement and counseling and intellectual property licensing. She has experience in a wide range of technologies including pharmaceutical products, medical devices, transdermal hormone replacement therapies, nutraceuticals, internet-based technology, telecommunications, gaming devices, smart cards and business methods.

Melissa has represented clients in federal district courts, before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Melissa also has experience with 337 investigations before the US International Trade Commission.

As an attorney registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office, Melissa has counseled clients in all aspects of IP procurement and enforcement, including providing strategic advice regarding freedom to operate, patent prosecution and portfolio management.

Melissa's corporate and transactional IP experience includes evaluating, structuring, and managing commercial transactions, including IP due diligence for stock and asset acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, joint ventures, and strategic alliances involving US, foreign and multinational corporations. She has structured technology-related agreements such as asset- and technology-transfer agreements, patent and trademark assignments, licenses and joint venture and collaboration agreements.

Melissa has been recognized as a Rising Star in intellectual property litigation by Illinois Super Lawyers (2012-2014) and was named to Lawyers of Color’s Hot List for 2014, which honors early- to mid-career minority attorneys who are excelling in the legal profession. In addition, Melissa was named as a finalist by the Euromoney Legal Media Group for its 2014 Euromoney Americas Women in Business Law Awards as a Rising Star in intellectual property.

Melissa joined Mayer Brown in 2005.

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Melissa A. Anyetei

71 S. Wacker Drive
ChicagoIL 60606


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