Director of the University of Texas at El Paso' Office of Technology Commercialization
Melissa is a registered patent lawyer with 10 years of experience in intellectual property law and technology commercialization in academia and private practice. As Director of the University of Texas at El Paso’s Office of Technology Commercialization, she managed UTEP’s patent portfolio, including protecting, marketing, and licensing 150+ UTEP inventions in six technology fields. Prior to joining UTEP, she practiced as a patent attorney with the Albuquerque-based patent law firm Ortiz & Lopez, where she drafted and prosecuted patent applicants for clients including Honeywell, Xerox, IBM, Clear Channel, Los Alamos National Labs, Fermilab, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Melissa drafts and prosecutes patents in diverse technology areas in the chemical, biological, nanotechnology, mechanical, electrical, computer hardware and software realms.
She recently launched Melissa Silverstein Law PLLC, an El Paso-based Intellectual Property Management and Technology Commercialization Law Firm, focusing on intellectual property protection, marketing, and licensing. Melissa has extensive experience in intellectual property contract drafting and negotiation, including patent license agreements, term sheets, options, collaboration agreements, sponsored research agreements, and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program agreements. Melissa frequently guest lectures on intellectual property, commercialization, and entrepreneurship at a variety of organizations including the El Paso Greater Chamber of Commerce, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).