Joliet Junior College


Melissa Bates is an Intellectual Property Paralegal at Bates & Bates. Coupled with prosecution matters, Ms. Bates also assists in IP due diligence and enforcement matters. Ms. Bates is well organized, able to prioritize, and ensures that deadlines are met. In addition to the forgoing, she assists in the management of the IP docket and is responsible for assisting attorneys in maintaining computerized and paper records of foreign and domestic trademark and patent portfolios.

With extensive experience in the field of law, Melissa has worked in litigation, anti-counterfeit, patent, trademark and copyright matters. She has also worked for law enforcement agencies. Her breadth of IP experience ensures that deadlines are met, files are properly maintained and a consistent line of communication is kept with foreign counsel.