Amy SalmelaPartner, Head of Patents

Amy Salmela has over 20 years of experience advising clients on all aspects of patent prosecution and protection. An electrical engineer, Amy advises large North American and international clients in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, automotive, semiconductor, retail analytics, medical device and technology, software, consumer products, and high-end audio systems.

Amy handles all stages of patent prosecution. She conducts pre-filing searches and drafts patent applications, handles prosecution negotiations with the USPTO, and provides post-grant enforcement and defense counseling. Amy also helps clients with freedom to operate and clearance analyses as well as defensive positioning and opinion work.


  • Developed patent strategies to successfully take companies from
    startup/launch to IPO and exit sale
  • Successfully prosecuted high value patent applications for Fortune
    500 and FTSE 100 corporations in strategic jurisdictions in the
    Americas, Europe, and Asia
  • Negotiated patent family acquisitions
  • Led invention harvesting and generation sessions that have
    resulted in hundreds of invention disclosures
  • Launched the first patent pro bono program in the US, in
    Minnesota in 2011


J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 2000

University of Minnesota Law Review, Editor

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Management Minor, Milwaukee School of Engineering, 2000, with honors



  • Minnesota State Bar, Member since 2003
  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Bar Association – Intellectual Property Section
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers