Melitta Jercher has a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences and is a qualified European patent attorney. She has over 15 years of experience as an IP professional in varying roles.
Melitta started her professional career in 1997 at a German stock listed biotech company (QIAGEN GmbH) in the IP & Licensing department. As IP& Licensing Manager she was responsible for the company´s patent and trademark portfolio which included patent prosecution and administration of the company’s growing intellectual property portfolio worldwide. While at Qiagen, she gained extensive experience in providing support and advice in the preparation and negotiation of commercial contracts and licensing agreements.
From Qiagen Melitta moved on to a patent law firm based in Munich, Germany (Zimmermann& Partner), where she was predominantly consulting multinational corporations in intellectual property matters as well as working in the patent prosecution of their patent portfolios. During this time she gained extensive experience in patent prosecution and opposition procedure before the EPO (European Patent Office).
After relocating to Sydney in 2010 Melitta set up her own business and worked as a contractor for the University of Sydney´s Commercial Development and Industry Partnership office (CDIP) on various IP related projects. She continued to work as a European patent attorney, mainly for Zimmermann & Partner mbB, which is one of the strategic partners of Aphelion IP Solutions Pty Ltd.