Ryan Melde is an intellectual property litigation associate in the Austin office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on patent, trade secret and copyright matters before the U.S. Federal Courts and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Ryan has worked on a variety of complex matters involving diverse technologies, including femtosecond lasers, cybersecurity, online communication systems and medical implants. He has experience in key areas of intellectual property litigation, including fact and expert discovery, prior art and claim construction analysis, case-dispositive motion practice and trial and witness preparation.

Ryan also maintains an active pro bono practice that focuses on supporting veterans as they transition from service to civilian life.

Prior to law school, Ryan majored in Mechanical Engineering and German and worked as a semiconductor process and equipment engineer, focusing on chemical-mechanical planarization.



Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2021Texas


  • Boston University School of LawJ.D.cum laude2021

    Executive Editor, Boston University Law Review

    National Moot Court Team

  • University of Texas at AustinB.S., Mechanical Engineering; B.A., German2016