Melissa Klipp is a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups in the Florham Park office. She focuses her practice on technology, intellectual property and computer-related litigation and counseling.
Electronic Preservation, Discovery and Litigation Preparedness. Melissa advises clients regarding effective electronic retention policies and procedures, corporate compliance and best practices, and employee training programs. She focuses a significant portion of her practice on international data privacy and the needs of multinational companies to comply with the competing laws of the countries in which they do business. Melissa has litigated e-discovery issues involving international companies with data spread around the globe. She is a pioneer litigator in the field of e-discovery, having litigated spoliation claims involving e-mail, computer hard drives and forensic images in many of her cases. Melissa is a founding member of Drinker Biddle & Reath’s Electronic Discovery and Data Management Task Force, which supports the firm’s e-data needs. Intellectual Property Counseling and Litigation. Melissa regularly litigates Internet-related cases involving misappropriation of intellectual property rights on the Internet, including trademark and copyright-related misappropriation, keyword advertising, cybersquatting, domain names, metatag and software-related infringement cases. She counsels clients on agreements covering employee Internet usage, e-mail storage and disposal, appropriate e-mail communications, blogging, and handling of company information. Melissa litigates standard intellectual property disputes arising from trademark, trade dress, trade secret, false advertising, unfair competition and copyright infringement claims.
Representative Clients. Melissa has represented numerous high-profile companies, including Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, BASF, ADP and Foot Locker. She was retained for a landmark case involving intellectual property and the Recording Industry Association of America, in a case that garnered national attention. Melissa has successfully represented prominent accounting, technology, gaming and pharmaceutical clients in preserving their proprietary information and protecting the integrity of their intellectual property.
In General. Melissa has been quoted in a variety of publications, including Reuters, Associated Press, USA Today, Wired.com, The Star-Ledger, New Jersey Lawyer, New Jersey Business, e-commerce Times and NJ Biz. Melissa is a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1, which addresses suggested practices for litigation hold and document retention policies. She recently was appointed executive communications liaison for Sedona’s Working Group 6, which deals with international electronic data and cross-border issues. Melissa is also a member of the Association of Record Managers and Administrators International (ARMA) and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
In 2006, Melissa was named by NJ Biz as one of "New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business." Melissa serves on the Women’s Leadership Steering Committee of the United Way of Morris County and is a member of the NJ 300, a statewide group created in 1998 to honor the state’s top women executives. She also serves on the council of Grace Lutheran Church in Mendham, NJ.
Melissa is a member of the New Jersey State, New York State and American Bar Associations; a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law, and the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Internet and Computer Law Committee. She is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Intellectual Property Owner’s Association and the John J. Gibbons American Inn of Court. Melissa served as law clerk to the Honorable Philip A. Gruccio, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division from 1991 to 1992.