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Melise Blakeslee


Melise Blakeslee is the founding principal of Sequel. For nearly 30 years, she has counseled emerging technology companies, with a particular emphasis on the commercialization of technology, software, data, trade secrets, cyber-security, and, when necessary, IP litigation.

Melise became an entrepreneur when she opened Sequel Technology Law to provide her clients with more nimble services at a better price point. Melise believes her role is to help clients focus on the business fundamentals by removing legal barriers as quickly as possible, with as little disturbance as possible. Founding Sequel clients included many Fortune 500 brand-names with unique technology or distribution issues, big data, cyber-security or critical IT infrastructure.

Melise has gained an international reputation for her involvement in many of the watershed legal cases and disputes impacting intellectual property, technology and Internet law, successfully protecting clients from all types of Internet-based crimes including copyright and trademark infringement, unfair competition, defamation, deceptive trade practices, and the theft of information.

Her depth of experience with Internet-related matters naturally led to a specialty practice involving the commercialization and protection of data. For over twenty years, Melise has been licensing data internationally. She has advised companies with respect to some of the largest databases in the world for travel data, clearinghouse data, and global membership organizations. A significant part of her practice relates to helping her clients navigate the myriad number of international data transfer issues. Melise advises clients on global compliance programs and breach solutions, including breach crisis management.

Melise’s Internet and cybercrime expertise is highlighted in her seminal book Internet Crimes, Torts & Scams: Investigation & Remedies (Oxford University Press, 2010).  Her more recent work, Intellectual Property Enforcement in the Digital World, will be published in the Spring of 2017 by Matthew Bender/LexisNexis.

Melise headed up McDermott Will & Emery’s Internet Business group from 1996 to 2008, leading the firm’s Transactions and Cybercrime group, and was a senior member of the Copyright group. During her tenure, she guided clients through two major business cycles of eCommerce growth and divestment, boom and bust, giving her a practical perspective on the importance of a sound product and a healthy P&L statement.

She is the long-standing outside general counsel for D-Scope Systems, a provider of FDA and HIPAA-compliant solutions for recording patient examinations in a media-rich environment with cloud-based archiving and collaboration tools. More recently, she became the outside General Counsel for an early stage cyber-defense firm.

Melise is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the International Trademark Association and the Futures Industry Association.

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