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Amy M. Salmela
Patent Attorney

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 technology, computer hardware and software, semiconductors, physics and mechanical arts. Her practice includes strategic IP portfolio growth and management for a range of clients, from start-ups to large, multi-national 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 facilitatinginvention generation workshops.

Professional Experience

Prior to becoming an attorney, Amy was an electrical engineer, working for a printed circuit board subcontract manufacturer, U.S. Steel Corporation and Northern States Power Company.

Representative Technology Experience

  • Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS)
  • Medical infusion pumps
  • Ultrasonic wound debridement and healing technologies
  • Optical cable installation, transmission and error detection
  • Semiconductor micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) systems
  • Secure data encryption and decryption systems and methods
  • Sonic sensors
  • Synchronized clocking systems
  • Photo cells for ultraviolet sensors
  • Secure QR code encoding and data management systems
  • Non-invasive coronary artery disease detection systems and methods
  • Magnetoresistive sensors, including GMR, TMR and AMR
  • Automotive radar systems
  • Hall-effect sensors, including vertical Hall devices
  • Dynamic web searching and presentation system
  • Composite aircraft components and assemblies
  • Printed electrical circuits and circuit components
  • Automotive occupant detection systems and methods
  • Aircraft landing gear control systems
  • Telecommunications infrastructure


  • 2014 Minnesota Lawyer Attorneys of the Year
  • Minnesota Business 2014 Leaders in Health Care Awards finalist
  • Minnesota Rising Stars 2012 - 2013
  • 2012 40 Under Forty Award, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
  • Minnesota Lawyer 2012 Up & Coming Attorneys
  • North Star Lawyer, 2013 - 2015



  • IP Advisor, AUM Cardiovascular
  • Former Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law IP, IP Law Clinic
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • America Invents Act (AIA) Pro Bono Advisory Council
  • ABA-IPL Section, Pro Bono Committee, Chair
  • Board Member, Highland District Council
  • LifeScience Alley Women in the Life Sciences Leadership Roundtables (2010, 2012)

Recent Presentations

"IP Hot Topics, NGO Management 101," Equal Justice Conference, Austin, TX, May 2015

"Section 101 in View of Alice v. CLS Bank," internal training at British Telecommunications, April 2015

LegalCORPS IAP Volunteer Attorney Training, St. Paul, MN April 2015

"Advancing Women in IP Practice," moderator, William Mitchell College of Law, April 2015

"IP Business Basics," Kauffman FastTrac TechVenture IP presentation, University of Minnesota - Rochester, April 2013, 2015

"The LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program," MN-CLE webinar, March 2015

Young Professionals Leadership Panel, 2015 Leadership Foundations Program, University of Minnesota Law School, January 2015

"Getting from Idea to IP: Why, How and When to Patent," International Medical Devices Conference, Chicago, IL, September 2012 - 2014

"Patents & the Global Marketplace," U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce, Women's Entepreneurship Symposium, Washington, D.C., March 2011

"Making Smart Patent Application Filing Decisions," University of Minnesota Medical Device Innovation Boot Camp," Minneapolis, MN, October 2010 & 2011

"Recent Developments in U.S. IP Law," Geyer Fehner & Partners and Ashurst internal training, Munich, Germany, April 2010


German (conversant)

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Practice Areas
Patent Prosecution
Copyright, Trademarks & Trade Secrets
IP Portfolio Management
International IP Protection
Technology Review and Product Clearance

Technology Areas
Computer Law
Medical Devices
Internet/Electronic Commerce

Milwaukee School of Engineering, B.S. Electrical Engineering, 2000, with honors
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 2003, Minnesota Law Review
Supreme Court of Minnesota
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
United States Patent & Trademark Office
Minnesota State Bar Association
A Cooperative Clinic/Corporate Patent Pro Bono ProjectLandslide, September/October 2014
Patent Law Pro Bono: A Best Practices Handbook, Cybaris An Intellectual Property Law Review, Volume 4, Issue 1, 2012

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