MELINDA D. ZATKOFF

Associate

Melinda is an expert in drafting and prosecuting
patents worldwide for medical, chemical, automotive,
material, and fabric innovations. 

MELINDA D. ZATKOFF

Associate
Melinda is an expert in drafting and prosecuting patents worldwide for medical, chemical, automotive, material, and fabric innovations. 

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FAX
(248) 689-4071
ASSISTANT
Diana Castillo
Assistant Ext: 128
castillo@reising.com
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CREDENTIALS

Bar Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
State Bar of Michigan
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Distinctions
Executive editor of outside articles, University of Detroit Mercy Law Review
First place brief recipient, finalist, and fifth place oralist, University of Detroit Mercy Moot Court Board of Advocates
Frank Murphy Honor Society
Dean's Honor Society
Dean's Scholarship Recipient
Education
University of Michigan (Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, with high honors, 2006)
University of Detroit Mercy (Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2013)
Memberships and Associations
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Dean’s Advisory Board, Member
Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court, Associate Member
Covington By the Lake Subdivision Association Board, Member
Professional Experience
Associate at Brinks Gilson & Lione, 2013–2016, summer associate 2012
Technology Specialties
Mechanical systems
Electro-mechanical devices
Publications and Presentations
o Author of: US design patents — no longer second chair, This article first appeared in the IAM Yearbook 2018, a supplement to IAM, published by Globe Business Media Group – IP Division. To view the guide in full, please go to "http://www.iam-media.com/," October 2017
o Speaker at conference: Girl Scout Robotics Exploration Day, October 2017
o Panelist at conference: Transitions to the Workplace Conference, October 2016
o Speaker for webcast: Impact of Updated Rules on Automotive Patent Litigation, presented by Global Business Professor, April 2016. To hear the webcast, please to go “http://globalbusinessprofessor.com/impact-of-updated-rules-on-automotive-patent-litigation/
o Author of: New Joinder Rules Affect Automotive Patent Litigation, This article first appeared in Law360 March 3, 2016. To view the article in full, please go to “https://www.law360.com/articles/761371/new-joinder-rules-affect-automotive-patent-litigation
o Author of: Patent litigation with Non-practicing Entities, This article first appeared in Michigan Lawyers Weekly, June 29, 2015. To view the article in full, please go to “https://milawyersweekly.com/news/2015/06/29/patent-litigation-with-non-practicing-entities/
o Author of: A Review Of Patent Related Trends in the Auto Industry, This article first appeared in Law360, April 23, 2015. To view the article in full, please go to “https://www.law360.com/articles/646128/a-review-of-patent-related-trends-in-the-auto-industry
o Author of: RNA Surveillance is Required for Endoplasmic Reticulum Homeostasis, This article first appeared in PNAS, May 22, 2012. To view the article in full, please go to
"https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22562797"

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US design patents – no longer second chair

After a lifetime of deference to utility patents, in recent years design patents in the United States are enjoying a place of prominence. Design patent filings at the US Patent and Trademark Office (U...

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