About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 120-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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USC Gould helps prepare you for a stellar legal career. You can pursue a JD degree, one of our numerous graduate and international offerings, or an online degree or certificate.
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Our faculty is distinguished for its scholarship, as well as for its commitment to teaching. Our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio creates an intimate and collegial learning environment.
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Last Updated: July 16, 2019
Roman Melnik is a solo patent law practitioner, with recognized expertise in counseling companies in connection with patent litigation, opinions of counsel and right of use analysis for accused infringers, enforcement analysis for patentees, Paragraph IV analysis for generic pharmaceutical companies under the Hatch-Waxman Act, and prior art searching.
Before starting his own practice, Melnik was a partner with Irell & Manella LLP, specializing in patent litigation and counseling. His patent cases have involved a wide array of technologies, including PVD, CVD, and wet techniques and tools for semiconductor substrate processing, the mathematics of magnetron design, pharmaceutical active ingredients and dosage forms, energy-recovery circuit design for storage media and plasma displays, construction of ultrasound medical devices, polymer chemistry, JPEG compression, traffic-control devices, and molecular biology.
Melnik graduated magna cum laude with an AB in Chemistry from Harvard University and received an MS in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He taught chemistry at Berkeley and Harvard and worked as a research chemist before earning a JD from Columbia Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Columbia Law Review and taught civil procedure. He then clerked for the Honorable Phyllis A. Kravitch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Elyn Saks was interviewed about what schizophrenia really is. "A common misconception is that we're unable to care for ourselves and that's not true," she said. "For some people it is, but not for all of us. We can have relationships –romantic and friendships. But we often don't see that (in the media) because of the emphasis on sensationalism and 'othering' us."
Letter from Former Judges and Government Officials, Legal Academics, and Economists to Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter on Standard-Essential Patents and Patent Pools (co-lead author with Adam Mossoff), Nov. 30, 2022.
The Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center featured Re-Envisiong the Anthropocene Ocean (University of Utah Press, forthcoming), edited by Robin Kundis Craig with Jeffrey M. McCarthy.
"4°C," 106 Minnesota Law Review 191 (Nov. 2021), co-authored with J.B. Ruh, was selected as one of the top 5 environmental, natural resources, and energy law articles for 2021-2022 through the Environmental Law Institute and Vanderbilt Law School review process, for inclusion in the 16th Annual Environmental Law and Policy Review.