Melissa McCurdy received her Bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Materials Science Engineering from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. While at Ohio State, Melissa was an active member of the Honors & Scholars and the Women in Engineering programs. Melissa went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Melissa is admitted to practice law in Ohio and before the United States Court for the Southern District of Ohio. She is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Melissa has experience throughout the various stages of the litigation process including preparing and responding to pleadings, conducting discovery, taking and defending depositions, and drafting and responding to motions at the discovery and summary judgment stages. Melissa also has experience in drafting briefs at the appellate level. Melissa’s litigation experience encompasses patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and other intellectual property claims. Melissa regularly assists her clients in obtaining state and federal trademark registrations and in navigating cancellation and opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Melissa has experience in the preparation of patentability opinions and domestic patent applications involving the mechanical arts and software. In law school, Melissa served as marketing editor of The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, which is the official law journal of the American Bar Association’s Section on Dispute Resolution. Melissa was additionally named as the 2007 recipient of the Albert A. Levin Memorial Award which recognizes excellence in professional responsibility. Melissa was selected and named a Super Lawyer Rising Star in the area of intellectual property for 2020 and 2021, a designation awarded to top-rated attorneys through an extensive evaluation.
In addition to her representation of clients, Melissa is a member of the Upper Arlington Rotary Club, which has permitted Melissa to participate in community service on local and global levels. Melissa has previously served as a board member for Drivers Fore Survivors, a non-profit organization which hosts an annual golf tournament to raise funds for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Melissa continues to be actively involved in the Drivers Fore Survivors organization. Melissa and her husband live in Upper Arlington with their two young sons and daughter.