Melanie is a senior patent associate in the technology and intellectual property team.With more than ten years of experience, she works with research institutes, start-ups, emerging companies, and Fortune 500 corporations to develop customised patent strategies and portfolios to advance her client's business goals. Whether her clients aim to bring a product to market or position themselves for acquisition, Melanie provides forward-thinking IP strategies that set her clients up for future success.
Melanie has extensive experience in patent drafting, patent prosecution, and strategic global portfolio management in a wide variety of technologies, with an emphasis on biotechnologies, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical devices, agricultural technologies, food sciences, consumer goods, and green technologies.
Prior to joining Withers, Melanie worked at top IP and law firms and also as an in-house patent counsel at a Fortune 500 company in Singapore.
Me in a minute
Being a scientist-turned-lawyer, I integrate my technical and legal expertise to help inventors and businesses protect their valuable innovations.
My academic background in science allows me to understand the nuanced challenges faced by inventors and quickly grasp the gist of new inventions, even in technical areas I do not specialize. As a patent attorney with business acumen, I also excel in finding practical and creative solutions to realise the full market value of my clients’ innovations.
I believe in cultivating relationships based on trust and respect. As a true bilingual in English and Mandarin, I relish the opportunity to work with clients from different cultural backgrounds. My professional proficiency in both languages also ensure that subtleties in scientific and legal documents are not lost in translation.
When not in the office, I enjoy volunteering for my community, such as organising residents' events for young kids and elderly. I also enjoy hosting and playing various card and board games.