Diane B. Melnick

Diane B. Melnick

New York, NY


Prior to joining Practus, Diane served as Counsel at Powley & Gibson, where she focused on trademark and IP counseling, clearance and prosecution, and domestic/international disputes and oppositions, primarily for small and mid-sized clients. She previously worked at a large Wall St. law firm, in-house at both Honeywell and GE, as well as a joint venture in the healthcare space, now known as Care Innovations, LLC.

As a former Trademark Examining Attorney at the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), Diane examined applications to determine registrability of thousands of trademarks, issued statutory refusals and procedural requirements on all issues, prepared appeal briefs before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and counseled new examining attorneys on agency practice and trademark law.

In each of these diverse environments, she handled trademark counseling, clearance and prosecution for domestic and non-U.S. trademarks, as well as trademark searches, applications, and disputes, and managed portfolios of trademarks around the world to enhance the brand identity and value of her clients.

Diane’s areas of expertise include:

Intellectual property, Trademarks, Copyrights, Corporate Transactions, Domestic and International Trademark matters, Licensing, Prosecution, USPTO, Marks, Trademark Counseling, Trademark Policing, and Enforcement


Filed trademark applications and handled other branding issues for the launch of innovative joint venture in the area of telehealth.

Managed global trademark portfolio for two multi-national conglomerates, unifying companies’ respective brand identities across disparate areas, including health technologies, consumer products, aerospace, and industrial equipment.

Handled complex issues of trademark clearance and prosecution for an innovative pharmaceutical for use as an adjunct therapy for epilepsy.




17th All Ohio Institute on Intellectual Property, “Trademark Office Practice Tips,” Sept. 18 & 19, 2007.

International Trademark Association, Annual Meeting 2007: “USPTO Practice Developments – Examination Guides” (led roundtable discussion)


International Trademark Association; Association of the Bar of the City of New York


At Practus, we handle complex and challenging legal matters. I look forward to talking to you about how we can best meet your goals.

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