Tod M. Melgar

Tod M. Melgar


Tod M. Melgar is Counsel to the Intellectual Property Practice Group of Sills Cummis & Gross, resident in the Firm’s New York office.  Mr. Melgar has been litigating intellectual property cases throughout the U.S. district and appellate courts for more than 20 years, representing clients in a wide range of patent, trade secret, copyright and trademark disputes. He has negotiated resolution of disputes and successfully litigated cases through early settlement, mediation, dispositive motions and trial.  Mr. Melgar has also successfully litigated and argued patent issues before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board through appeals, inter partes review (IPR) and reexamination proceedings.

Mr. Melgar is a registered patent attorney licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for more than 20 years.  During this time, he has prepared and prosecuted hundreds of patent and trademark applications. Mr. Melgar also provides general counseling to clients on patent portfolio development, intellectual property due diligence, licensing and enforcement of rights.

Mr. Melgar’s litigation, prosecution and counseling spans a range of high tech industries, including, computer hardware and software, medical devices, cellular and digital transmission systems, LEDs and lasers.

Prior to joining Sills Cummis & Gross, Mr. Melgar was Counsel to the litigation and intellectual property groups of Chadbourne & Parke and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. Prior to that, he was a partner at Morgan & Finnegan.

Representative Cases

Patent and Trade Secret Cases

  • Indect USA Corp. v. Park Assist, LLC, Civil Action No. 3-18-cv-02409 (S.D.Cal.).
  • Park Assist, LLC v. San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, Civil Action No. 3-18-cv-02068 (S.D.Cal.).
  • Lexington Luminance LLC v. Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC, Civil Action No. 18-cv-00301 (E.D.Tex.).
  • Lowe's Companies, Inc. and Zhejiang Yankon Group , et. al v. Nichia Corporation, IPR2018-00699 (PTAB), IPR2018-00601 (PTAB), IPR2017-02014 (PTAB), and IPR2017-02011 (PTAB).
  • Nichia Corporation v. VIZIO, Inc., Lowe’s Home Center’s et. al, 2-16-cv-01453, 2-16-cv-01455; 2-16-cv-00613, 2-16-cv-00615 (E.D.Tex.).
  • Nichia Corporation v. Lowe's Companies, Inc. et al, 5-16-cv-00142 (W.D.N.C.).
  • PNY Tech. v. Netac Tec. Co., Ltd., 2-18-cv-07932 (D.N.J.), 1-16-cv-00657 (D.Hi.), 5-06-cv-00029 (E.D.Tex.).
  • Shenzhen Kean Silicone Product Co., Ltd. v. PKOH NYC, LLC, IPR2017-01327 (PTAB).
  • PKOH NYC, LLC v. Prometheus Design Werx, LLC, 1-16-cv-09383 (S.D.N.Y.).
  • Davies Innovations Inc v. Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc., 1-16-cv-00355, 1-16-cv-00352 (D.N.H., S.D.Tex.).
  • Princeton Digital Image Corporation v. Scholastic Corporation, 1-13-cv-00410 (D. Del.).
  • Avid Technology, Inc. v. Harmonic, Inc., Civil Action No. 11-01040 (D. Del.).
  • Avid Technology, Inc. v. Harmonic, Inc., Civil Action No. 12-00627 (D. Del.).
  • Rockwell Automation, Inc. v. Wago Corporation, Civil Action No. 10-00718 (W.D. Wisc.).
  • Convolve Inc. v. Compaq Computer Corp., Civil Action No. 00-5141 (S.D.N.Y.).
  • Guideflow v. Angiodynamics, Civil Action No. 10-00963 (C.D. Utah).
  • Comcast Cable Commc’n Corp. v. Finisar Corp., Civil Action No. 06-4206 (N.D. Cal.).
  • Man Roland Inc. v. Goss Int’l Americas, Inc. and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Civil Action No. 04 Civ. 00357 (D.N.H.).
  • In the Matter of Certain Wireless Commc’n Devices, Components Thereof, And Products Containing The Same, Investigation No. 337-TA-583 (U.S.I.T.C. 2007).
  • SCO v. International Business Machines Corp., Civil Action No. 2:03-0294 (D. Utah).
  • International Business Machines Corp. v. Compuware Corp., Civil Action No. 04-00357 (S.D.N.Y.).
  • Compuware Corp. v. International Business Machines Corp., Civil Action No. 02-70906 (E.D. Mich.).
  • Casco Products Corp. v. Valeo Vision S.A.S., Civil Action No. 02-2327 (S.D.N.Y.).
  • Valeo Elec. Sys., Inc. v. Siemens Automotive Corp., Civil Action No. 99-40430 (E.D. Mich.).
  • Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG v. Corel Corp., Civil Action No. 01-9697 (S.D.N.Y.).
  • Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG v. Adobe Systems Inc., Civil Action No. 98-614 (D. Del.).
  • Rofin-Sinar Laser GmbH v. P.R.C. Corp., Civil Action No. 97-7247 (S.D.N.Y.).
  • AMI/REC-PRO, Inc. v. Illinois Tool Works, Inc., Civil Action No. 96-3260 (N.D. Ga.).
  • IRO AB v. Sarfati & Vischiani S.p.a., Civil Action No. 694-2834-3 (D.S.C.).

Trademark, Copyright and Other Litigations

  • Commisimpex v. The Republic of the Congo, Civil Action No. 13-713 (D.D.C.). 
  • CYBERsitter, LLC v. The People's Republic of China, et al., Civil Action No. 10-0038 (C.D. Cal.).
  • IPC Information Systems, LLC v. The Odyssey Group, Inc., Civil Action No. 04-9822 (S.D.N.Y.).
  • Middleton, Inc. v. Swisher Int’l, Inc., Civil Action No. 03-03908 (E.D.Pa.).
  • Rolex Watch USA v. Meece, Civil Action No. 97-10991 (5th Cir.).
  • Rolex Watch USA v. Michel, Civil Action No. 97-55877 (9th Cir.).
  • Ackwood v. Wackenhut Corrections Corp. Civil Action No. 01-02141 (E.D.N.Y.).

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Court Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit