Melissa Hotze has been a member of Weil teams representing clients nationwide in complex patent litigations involving a broad range of technologies including oil and gas, life sciences, computer software and hardware, telecommunications, semiconductors, networking, and e-commerce. Melissa’s technical background allows her to effectively advise her clients in litigation and licensing negotiations.
Melissa has litigated cases involving patent infringement, antitrust, and trade secret claims. She has an extensive practice in patent office proceedings, including inter partes reviews and ex parte reexaminations. Her counseling work includes developing defensive and offensive intellectual property strategies in view of potential competitor litigation. She also assists clients in indemnity disputes, patent acquisitions, and licensing.
Melissa's experience includes serving on Weil teams in the following engagements:
- Representing specialty oil and gas company in the Southern District of Texas in an action against competitors for use of drag reducing agents in heavy, asphaltenic crude, including antitrust counterclaims and IPR proceedings.
- Representing world’s largest maker of DNA sequencers in multi-forum patent dispute where client obtained a preliminary injunction.
- Representing home automation leader as a plaintiff in a six patent infringement lawsuit against competitor in the District of Utah.
- Representing world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer in the Eastern District of Texas in suit related to Ethernet technology, including related IPRs and ex parte reexaminations.
- Represented multiple media companies in District of Delaware in patent litigation related to content delivery networks.
- Represented world’s largest semiconductor manufacture in the District of Delaware in patent litigation related to DSL chips.
- Represented home automation leader and former employee of plaintiff in patent infringement action involving security systems.
- Represented memory manufacturer in a Delaware action involving NAND flash memory and in the PTAB where client filed eight IPRs on the asserted patents.
- Represented e-commerce providers in an action in the Northern District of California on three patents related to electronic currency transactions and in the patent office for CBM review proceedings.
- Represented memory manufacturer in a Delaware action involving DRAMs and CMOS Image Sensors that settled after a favorable summary judgment ruling.
- Represented e-commerce providers in an action in the District of Delaware related to its online payment system, including misappropriation of trade secret claims
Melissa graduated with high honors from the University of Texas with a B.A. degree in Plan II and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2003. She received her J.D. with honors from the University of Texas Law School in 2006.
Melissa is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.