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Tod  M. Melgar


Intellectual Property


  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D.
  • University of Miami; M.S., Biomedical Engineering
  • State University of New York, Buffalo; B.S., Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
Tod M. Melgar
Tel: (212) 841-0560
Fax: (212) 262-5152
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Tod M. Melgar chairs the Patent Law Practice and is a member of the Intellectual Property and Litigation Practices at Phillips Nizer LLP, in the New York office. 

Tod has been litigating intellectual property cases throughout the U.S. district and appellate courts for more than 20 years, representing clients in a wide range of patent, trade secret, copyright and trademark disputes. He has negotiated resolution of disputes and successfully litigated cases through early settlement, mediation, dispositive motions and trial.  Tod has also successfully argued and litigated patent validity disputes before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) including appeals, inter partes review (IPR) and reexamination proceedings.

He also provides general intellectual property counsel to clients on patent and trademark portfolio development, intellectual property due diligence, licensing and enforcement of rights, and intellectual property related agreements, including SaaS and other software use and development licenses.

Tod is a registered patent attorney licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for more than 20 years.  During this time, he has prepared and prosecuted hundreds of patent and trademark applications.  Early in his career, he was also a Patent Examiner at the USPTO.

Tod's technical background and experience includes degrees in mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineer and client experience spanning leading industries, including, fashion, computer hardware and software, medical devices, cellular and digital transmission systems, LEDs and lasers.

Prior to joining Phillips Nizer, Tod was counsel to the litigation and intellectual property groups of Chadbourne & Parke and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, and a partner of Morgan & Finnegan.