Professor Melnik is of counsel to Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP, and teaches patent law as a Lecturer in Law at USC Law School. Prior to teaching at USC, Professor Melnik was a partner with Irell & Manella LLP, one of the foremost patent litigation firms in the United States. Professor Melnik has extensive experience in patent litigation matters in a wide array of technologies, including PVD, CVD, and wet techniques and tools for semiconductor substrate processing, the mathematics of magnetron design, pharmaceutical active ingredients and dosage forms, energy-recovery circuit design for storage media and plasma displays, construction of ultrasound medical devices, polymer chemistry, JPEG compression, traffic-control devices, and molecular biology.
Additionally, Professor Melnik has experience providing opinions of counsel and right to use analyses, and serving as an expert witness, activities that he performs as a solo patent law practitioner separate from his affiliation with L&W LLP.
Professor Melnik graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. in Chemistry from Harvard University and received an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He taught chemistry at Berkeley and Harvard and worked as a research chemist before earning a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Columbia Law Review and taught civil procedure. He then clerked for the Honorable Phyllis A. Kravitch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.