Milwaukee School of Engineering, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 2000, with honors
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 2003, Minnesota Law Review
Awards & Honors
Minnesota Lawyer Attorneys of the Year, 2014
Minnesota Business Leaders in Health Care Awards finalist, 2014
40 Under Forty Award, 2012
Minnesota Lawyer Up & Coming Attorneys, 2012
North Star Lawyer, 2013 – 2015
Lexology Client Choice Award, 2014
Amy Salmela is a partner with Patterson Thuente IP. Amy’s practice focuses primarily on patent prosecution related to electrical engineering and electronics, including medical devices and informatics, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, and retail logistics and analytics technologies. Her practice includes strategic IP portfolio growth and management for a range of clients, from start-ups to large, multinational corporations, as well as investment and acquisition IP due diligence, opinion work and litigation support.
In addition to her private practice experience with the firm, Amy worked in-house for a major European semiconductor company. This experience has given her a broad perspective from which to advise clients regarding strategic IP portfolio management in a global economy, as well as assist with the development of offensive and defensive IP strategies to complement business goals. In her in-house role, Amy was also responsible for educating European and German patent attorneys on US IP law, training R&D personnel and management on global IP strategy and facilitating invention generation workshops.
American Bar Association, IPL Section Pro Bono Committee, Chair
Minnesota Women Lawyers
Minnesota State Bar Association