skip to main content
Experience List
  • Email Page
  • Create PDF
  • Print Page

Related Practices

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington, 2004
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2004

Melanie K. Kitzan, Ph.D.

Managing Director, DWT De Novo
As managing director of DWT De Novo, Melanie leads the innovation team in the creation and development of state-of-the-art solutions for the DWT clients of today and the evolving law practice of tomorrow. With an extensive background in private equity and building tech startup companies, coupled with nearly two decades of experience in both private practice as well as in-house counsel, she brings a well-rounded approach to improving client services. Melanie believes that innovation often hinges on asking the right questions, and understanding the business needs behind the legal requests. Through this dialogue, she partners with clients to develop innovative solutions that make sense for their business. Whether by improving on existing processes, developing tools for a new approach, or diving deep with data analytics, Melanie believes in taking a nimble approach while maintaining a personal touch.

As counsel at DWT, Melanie’s practice focuses on startup and emerging businesses. She advises clients on intellectual property, complex licensing, and related corporate transactions. She mentors women entrepreneurs in various aspects of startup through DWT’s Project W initiative and is a frequent speaker on the topic of innovation.

With a Ph.D. as well as a law degree, Melanie has spent her entire career innovating in science and technology. She is even an inventor on several U.S. and international patents. Melanie’s ability to quickly understand problems and reach innovative solutions is leveraged by clients in her role with the DWT De Novo team.

Additional Qualifications

  • Portfolio Manager and Patent Counsel, Business Development Division, 2013-2018; Senior Patent Attorney, 2008-2013 – Invention Science Fund (ISF), Intellectual Ventures, Bellevue, Wash.
  • Associate, Davis Wright Tremaine, Seattle, 2007-2008
  • Associate, Seed Intellectual Property Group, Seattle, 2001-2007

Related Practices