Melody Drummond Hansen


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Melody Drummond Hansen is an experienced litigator specializing in intellectual property and technology who has tried cases in federal and state courts, the US International Trade Commission, and the US Patent & Trademark Office. She advises leading-edge companies in complex patent, trade secret, computer fraud, data security breach, trademark, copyright, and unfair competition matters. Melody has litigated and advised clients in matters involving diverse technologies including mobile telecommunications standards and devices, consumer electronics, internet content delivery networks, semiconductors, voice recognition, cameras, audio recording devices, secure payment processing, and consumer products, with experience in both hardware and software.

Melody represents plaintiffs and defendants in all aspects of litigation, from pre-filing investigation through fact and expert discovery, claim construction, dispositive motions, trial, appeal, and enforcement, as well as parallel proceedings in the US Patent & Trademark Office.

Honors & Awards

  • Recommended by Legal 500 for her work in Intellectual property - Trade secrets (2017)


Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois


  • University of Chicago, J.D.: cum laude; Order of the Coif
  • Oxford University, MSc, Comparative and International Education: with distinction
  • Georgetown University, A.B., American Studies: summa cum laude; John Carroll Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Activities


  • Bar Association of San Francisco Intellectual Property Steering Committee
  • American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law
  • International Bar Association Intellectual Property Communications and Technology Section


  • “Litigating Under the First-to-File rule,” American Intellectual Property Law Association conference (2006)
  • Represented industry-leading computer and electronics company in a patent infringement case in which sixteen patents were asserted relating to features of smartphones, tablet devices and MP3 players; after successful summary judgment motions then initial trial on three patents, won partial judgment as a matter of law of invalidity that was affirmed on appeal; currently litigating remaining patents (D. Del.)
  • Represented premier global payments technology company in litigation related to a significant data security breach and enforcement of risk-management programs, including claims for breach of contract and under California unfair competition law (M.D. Tenn.)
  • Represented innovative semiconductor company in litigation against former employees involving trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, and breach of covenants not to compete (Collin County, Tex.)
  • Represented global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company in patent infringement lawsuit involving nineteen patents asserted against digital subscriber line (DSL) technologies and high-speed internet, digital television and video-on-demand services (W.D. Tex.)
  • Represented industry-leading computer and electronics company in multiple district court and US Patent & Trademark Office matters involving patents related to interactive television and streaming media; successfully argued at IPR proceeding leading to invalidation of majority of challenged claims (N.D. Cal. and U.S.P.T.O)