Amy M. Salmela

Top rated intellectual property attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Patterson Thuente IP
Amy M. Salmela
Patterson Thuente IP

Practice Areas: Intellectual property; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 2003

Education: University of Minnesota Law School

Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013

Patterson Thuente IP

80 South Eighth Street
Suite 4800
Minneapolis, MN 55402 Visit website


Amy Salmela’s practice focuses primarily on patent prosecution related to electrical engineering and electronics, including medical devices and informatics, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, retail logistics and analytics technologies. 

Her practice also includes strategic IP portfolio growth and management for a range of clients, from start-ups to multinational corporations, as well as investment and acquisition IP due diligence, opinion work and litigation support. In recent years Amy has been involved with expert reports for litigation and other disputes related to PCT, Paris Convention and other issues involving international law and treaties. 

Clients consider Amy 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. 

Practice areas

Intellectual property

Focus areas

Patents, Intellectual property law

  • 100% Intellectual property

First Admitted: 2003, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:

  • Minnesota Lawyer, Up & Coming Attorneys, 2012, Minnesota Lawyer
  • North Star Lawyer, 2013 – 2020. Given to state bar members who complete 50 hours or more of pro bono publico work in a year., Minnesota State Bar Association, 2020
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2012 – 2013 Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Minnesota Super Lawyers®
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 40 Under Forty Award, 2012, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
  • Lexology Client Choice Award, 2014, Lexology
  • Minnesota Business Leaders in Health Care Awards Finalist, 2014
  • Minnesota Lawyer Attorneys of the Year, 2014, Minnesota Lawyer
  • Lexology Client Choice Award, 2017, Lexology, 2017
  • The Business Journals, Influencers - Law, 2018, The Business Journals, 2018
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business Award, 2018, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2018
  • IAM Magazine Patent 1000, 2016 – 2021, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM Media), 2021
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
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

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Amy is one of the most reasonable and insightful attorneys you can hope to work with. Beyond bringing a keen legal mind to the task at hand, she is adept at managing teams of attorneys to prosecute complex patent families in the United States along with their international counterparts.”

Office location for Amy M. Salmela

80 South Eighth Street
Suite 4800
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-361-0309


2 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013

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