Amy M Salmela

Shareholder at Patterson Thuente IP

Amy M Salmela is a shareholder at Patterson Thuente IP. Her practice is focused primarily on patent prosecution relating to electrical engineering and electronics, including medical devices and informatics, computer hardware and software, telecoms 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 multinationals – as well as investment and acquisition IP due diligence, opinion work and litigation support. In recent years, Ms Salmela has been involved with expert reports for litigation and other disputes relating to the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the Paris Convention and other issues involving international law and treaties.

Ms Salmela has a significant client base in Europe and is proficient in international portfolio development. Clients consider her a well-balanced legal resource with deep technical knowledge and the ability to assimilate complicated issues, coupled with strong business acumen and IP prosecution prowess.

In addition to her private practice experience, Ms Salmela has worked in-house for a major European semiconductor company. This experience gives her a broad perspective from which to advise clients regarding strategic IP portfolio management in a global economy, and to assist with the development of offensive and defensive IP strategies to complement business goals.

Ms Salmela was instrumental in developing the first pro bono patent law programme in the United States – the LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Programme – which has become a model for patent pro bono programmes across the country. She serves on the organisation’s steering committee and is also a member of the America Invents Act Pro Bono Advisory Council. She co-authored Patent Law Pro Bono: A Best Practices Guide, a comprehensive guidebook that serves as the blueprint for how to launch a patent pro bono programme, from concept through to launch.


  • “Best of Times & Worst of Times for International IP”, IP Law360, October 2016
  • “How the Patent Pro Bono is Making a Difference”, Law360, September 15 2015
  • “Usefulness Varies by Country: The Utility Requirement in Patent Law in the United States, Canada and Europe”, Cybaris, Vol 3, Issue 1, Article 1

Professional associations

  • ABA
  • MSBA
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers

Firm details

Patterson Thuente IP
4800 IDS Centre
80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis MN 55402
United States

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