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Melissa D. Schwaller

Melissa D. Schwaller, Ph.D.

OFC: 713-426-3923
Office: Houston

We want our clients to be secure in the knowledge that their attorney is concerned about their business and is doing everything possible to safeguard their intellectual property.

~ Melissa Schwaller

Melissa D. Schwaller, Ph.D. is a name partner with Ramey & Schwaller, LLP.  She is a registered patent attorney whose practice is focused on patent preparation and prosecution, patent litigation, trademark prosecution, freedom-to-operate analysis, and opinion drafting.

Among the technologies with which Dr. Schwaller has experience are energy, including oilfield equipment and compositions, solar energy and biofuels; chemistry, including polymers; mechanical devices, including industrial equipment; medical devices; nanotechnology; and the life sciences, including biotechnology, biochemistry, protein chemistry, biologics, molecular biology, cell biology, genetically modified organisms, immunology, small molecules, pharmaceuticals and agricultural science. She also has experience obtaining plant patents and plant variety protection.

Melissa has previously practiced as a patent agent and attorney with law firms and as in-house counsel.

Dr. Schwaller is the Vice President of Intellectual Property for GMSbiotech.

Melissa was an associate editor for, a patent litigation statistics service provided by the University of Houston Law Center Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law.

Melissa earned her doctorate in biochemistry from Baylor College of Medicine. Her thesis work focused on protein folding and her doctoral dissertation was titled “The Mechanism of Protein Disulfide Isomerase-Catalyzed Disulfide Isomerization.”



  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas


  • Boy Scouts of America


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Association of University Technology Managers


  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D. – 2004
  • Baylor College of Medicine, Ph.D. in Biochemistry –2000
  • The University of South Dakota, M.A. in Biochemistry –1994
  • The University of South Dakota, B.S. in Biology, Minor in Chemistry –1992

Publications & Speeches

  • Melissa D. Schwaller, Promega Corp. v. Life Tech., Inc., No. 2013-1011, -1029, -1376, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 23482 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 15, 2014), Biotech Buzz, Case Law Reviews Subcommittee, American Intellectual Property Law Association, January 15, 2015.
  • Melissa D. Schwaller, Effect of the Date of the First Use in Commerce on Patent Validity Under the On Sale Bar/Public Use Bar, Patent Law Committee Newsletter, American Intellectual Property Law Association, October 2015.
  • “Getting Smaller: What Will Enablement of Nanotechnology Require?,” 3 Nanotech, L. & Bus. 145, M.D. Schwaller and G. Goel, 2006.
  • “Uniform Biological Material Transfer Agreements:  An Argument for Uniform Use,” 4 Hous. Bus. & Tax L.J. 190, M. Schwaller, Comment, 2004.
  • “Reduction-Reoxidation Cycles Contribute to Catalysis of Disulfide Isomerization by Protein Disulfide Isomerase,” 278 J. Biol. Chem. 7154, M. Schwaller, B. Wilkinson, & H.F. Gilbert, 2003.
  • “The Thiol Redox Paradox in the Requirement for Disulfide Isomerization in the Eukaryotic Endoplasmic Reticulum in Cellular Implications of Redox Signaling,” 233, M. Schwaller, A. Soloyvov, R. Xiao, J. Lundstrom-Ljung, A. Holmgren, & H.F. Gilbert, (Carlos Gitler and Avihai Danon, eds.), World Scientific Publishing Co. Inc., 2003.
  • “Protein Disulfide Isomerases,” Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, M.D. Schwaller & H.F. Gilbert (Robertson, S. ed., Macmillan Reference Ltd.), at, 2000.
  • “Facilitating the Formation of Disulfide Bonds in the Escherichia coli Periplasm via Coexpression of Yeast Protein Disulfide Isomerase,” 15 Biotechnology Progress 1033, X. Zhan, M. Schwaller, H.F. Gilbert, & G. Georgiou, 1999.
  • “The Peptide Binding Site of Protein Disulfide Isomerase in Prolyl Hydroxylase, Protein Disulfide Isomerase, and Other Structurally Related Proteins,” 369 R. Noiva, S. Onodera, M.D. Schwaller, & W.A. Irwin, (Norberto A. Guzman, ed., Marcel Dekker), 1998.


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