Melissa Brand is Assistant General Counsel and Director of Intellectual Property at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), a major trade association with over 1,000 members in the biotechnology industry. In her role at BIO, Ms. Brand advocates on domestic and international intellectual property matters, with a particular emphasis on patent law and policy. Prior to joining BIO, Ms. Brand worked as a patent litigator at Latham & Watkins and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Ms. Brand also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kimberly A. Moore at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and served as a Comments Editor for the San Diego Law Review. She graduated cum laude with a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.