Melissa Schwaller, PhD, JD

IP & Patent Law Panel

Job Title: Partner     

Current Employer: Ramey & Schwaller, LLP


  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX (2004)

  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (2000)

  • M.A. in Biochemistry, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD (1994)

  • B.S. in Biochemistry, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD (1992)


When I began pursuing my doctorate, I planned to do research in industry.  I attended a Career Day at Baylor College of Medicine and learned about careers in patent law. I helped establish an externship between Baylor College of Medicine and two local law firms to allow graduate students to gain experience in patent law before deciding to forego a postdoctoral position. After participating in the externship, I decided to pursue a career as a patent agent after obtaining my Ph.D. I took the patent bar exam while finishing my degree. I worked as a patent agent for a year and half and decided to go to law school at the University of Houston Law Center. I knew that I wanted to practice in the field of intellectual property and took as many intellectual property classes as I could. I have practiced as an intellectual property attorney, primarily at law firms, for the past 16 years. I specialize in patent and trademark prosecution, opinion work, and client counseling.

Most useful skill sets acquired from/for your field:

  1. Ability to pick up information quickly

  2. Time management

  3. Attention to detail

What I love most about my job:

I love being exposed to new discoveries. I enjoy interacting with scientists and assisting them in obtaining protection for their inventions.

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