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Amy M. Salmela

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Patterson Thuente IP
80 South Eighth Street, Suite 4800
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-361-0309
Fax: 612-349-9266
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 2003
Practice Areas: Intellectual Property
Attorney Profile

Amy M. Salmela is an attorney and shareholder with Patterson Thuente Pedersen in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ms. Salmela practices intellectual property law, handling matters including patents, trademarks and intellectual property litigation, particularly patent prosecution involving electronics and electrical engineering. She represents clients in Minnesota and throughout the nation.

Ms. Salmela has more than 15 years of experience. She has extensive knowledge of intellectual property and the legal implications involved. Her clients include both small and large businesses, and she has experience with various areas of intellectual property law including acquisition, investment, litigation support and portfolio management, including international portfolios.

Prior to joining Patterson Thuente Pedersen, Ms. Salmela worked for a European conductor company and as an electrical engineer. Her combined knowledge and experience gives her the necessary skills to advise clients on a wide range of intellectual property issues.

Acknowledged for her success, IAM magazine include Ms. Salmela on the “Patent 1000” list. In 2012, she was the recipient of a “40 under 40” Award by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, and Minnesota Business and Minnesota Lawyer magazines have also recognized her for her accomplishments over the years.

Actively involved in her legal and professional communities, Ms. Salmela is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Women Lawyers and the American Bar Association. She serves on the pro bono advisory council of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and on the board of the Highland District Council.

Ms. Salmela graduated with honors from Milwaukee School of Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. She earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and obtained her license to practice law in 2003.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Intellectual Property
Focus Areas

Patents, Intellectual Property Law


2 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013

About Amy M. Salmela

First Admitted: 2003, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Co-Author, Patent Law Pro Bono: A Best Practices Guide
  • “IP Business Basics,” Kauffman FastTrac TechVenture IP presentation, University of Minnesota – Rochester, April 2013, 2015, September 2020, 2020
  • Article covering a panel on diversity and inclusion in the law., Roundtable panelist, Experts Forum: Diversity and Inclusion in Law, Minnesota Lawyer Magazine, 2018
  • Adjunct Professor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • “Getting from Idea to IP: Why, How and When to Patent,” International Medical Devices Conference, Chicago, IL, September 2012 – 2014
  • “Recent Developments in U.S. IP Law,” Geyer Fehner & Partners and Ashurst internal training, Munich, Germany, April 2010 
  • “Patents & the Global Marketplace,” U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium, Washington, D.C., March 2011
  • Patent Law Pro Bono: A Best Practices Handbook, (with Privratsky, Mark R.) (2013) Cybaris®: Vol. 4: Iss. 1, Article 1. INCLUDES VIDEO
  • Young Professionals Leadership Panel, 2015 Leadership Foundations Program, University of Minnesota Law School, January 2015
  • “The LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program,” MN-CLE webinar, March 2015
  • “IP Business Basics,” Kauffman FastTrac TechVenture IP presentation, University of Minnesota – Rochester, April 2013, 2015, 2016
  • “Advancing Women in IP Practice,” moderator, William Mitchell College of Law, April 2015
  • LegalCORPS IAP Volunteer Attorney Training, St. Paul, MN April 2015
  • “Section 101 in View of Alice v. CLS Bank,” internal training at British Telecommunications, April 2015
  • “IP Hot Topics, NGO Management 101,” Equal Justice Conference, Austin, TX, May 2015
  • “Making Smart Patent Application Filing Decisions,” University of Minnesota Medical Device Innovation Boot Camp,” Minneapolis, MN, October 2010 – 2017
  • “Getting From Idea to IP: Protecting Innovation,” Kauffman FastTrac TechVenture IP webinar, November 7, 2018
  • Nonprofit Offers Patent Help to Inventors, Star Tribune, June 11, 2012
  • Usefulness Varies by Country: The Utility Requirement in Patent Law in the United States, Canada and Europe, Cybaris®: Vol. 3: Iss. 1, Article 1. INCLUDES VIDEO
  • How the Patent Pro Bono Program is Making a Difference (available here to Law360 subscribers), Law360, September 15, 2015
  • LegalCORPS Cited by White House for Helping Low-Income Inventors, Star Tribune, March 1, 2014
  • A Cooperative Clinic/Corporate Patent Pro Bono Project, Landslide, September/October 2014
  • In-House Pro Bono: Doing Intellectual Property Work for Those Who Need it Most, Landslide, January/February 2015
  • LegalCORPS Provides Pricey Patent Help For Free, Minnesota Business, March 25, 2015
  • Upper Midwest Jazzed Up About Expansion of Patent Pro Bono Program, IP Watchdog, May 2, 2016
  • Experts Forum: Diversity and Inclusion in Law, Minnesota Lawyer, December 2018
  • Best of Times and Worst of Times for International IP, IP Law360, October 2016
  • Attorney of the Month, Attorney at Law Magazine, July 2017

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Court-appointed trustee assisting  MN Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility with intellectual property related client files
  • America Invents Act (AIA) Pro Bono Advisory Council
  • LegalCORP Inventor Assistance Program AIA Patent Pro Bono Task Force ABA-IPL Section Pro Bono Committee, Vice Chair

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • LifeScience Alley Women in the Life Sciences Leadership Roundtables (2010, 2012) 
  • American Bar Association, IPL Section Pro Bono Committee, Chair
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Partner Leadership Council


  • Minnesota Lawyer, Up & Coming Attorneys, 2012
  • North Star Lawyer, 2013 – 2020
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2012 – 2013 Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 40 Under Forty Award, 2012
  • Lexology Client Choice Award, 2014
  • Minnesota Business Leaders in Health Care Awards Finalist, 2014
  • Minnesota Lawyer Attorneys of the Year, 2014
  • Lexology Client Choice Award, 2017
  • The Business Journals, Influencers - Law, 2018
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business Award, 2018
  • IAM Magazine Patent 1000, 2016 – 2020

Educational Background

  • Milwaukee School of Engineering, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 2000, with honors

Industry Groups

  • analytics technologies
  • Automotive
  • Computers
  • Electronics
  • Food & Beverage
  • Medical Device
  • retail logistics
  • Software
  • Telecommunications
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Office Location for Amy M. Salmela

80 South Eighth Street
Suite 4800
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-361-0309

Fax: 612-349-9266

Last Updated: 2/17/2021

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