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Melissa E. Kolom*

Senior Patent Agent

*Names that appear with an asterisk indicate a Michael Best professional not admitted to practice law.


Melissa brings more than 15 years of legal experience to her work advising clients on the full spectrum of patent issues directed at biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. She has a strong track record in the preparation and prosecution of both U.S. and international patent applications, and renders valued opinions on patent validity and infringement.

Melissa’s extensive background in the life sciences includes:

  • Vaccines
  • Monoclonal antibodies
  • Biologics and biosimilars
  • Diagnostics
  • Gene transfer vectors
  • Gene therapy
  • Recombinant DNA
  • Proteins
  • Antibody-drug conjugates
  • Immunotherapy
  • Cell lines
  • Generic drug products

Prior to joining Michael Best, Melissa worked as a patent agent for a boutique intellectual property law firm in Chicago. 


Patent interferences

Melissa has handled several patent interference proceedings on behalf of a biopharmaceutical company developing novel gene therapies and vaccines.

European oppositions

Melissa has handled several European Patent Office (EPO) opposition proceedings on behalf of biopharmaceutical companies and university clients. 

Professional Activities

  • Member, Women In Bio (WIB)



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