Melinda S. Vander Velden


Office: 515-242-2406

Fax: 515-323-8506



I’m an intellectual property attorney, which means I work hard to protect the ideas that you’ve worked hard to create. 

My Approach

My job isn’t just to get you a patent, it’s to get you a good one.  That means that I will get to know your invention and what is important to you, and then draft a document for you that protects what you value most.  I strive to be efficient, clear, and concise. 

More About Me

I graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2000 and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2002, specializing in communications and signal processing.  I graduated from Drake University Law School with high honors and was admitted to the Iowa bar in 2010.  After working in the patent departments of a couple of large agricultural companies, I started my own firm specializing in intellectual property law. 

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Cecilia Smith



Iowa State University

B.S.E.E., 2000


Iowa State University

M.S.E.E., 2002


Drake University Law School

J.D., 2010


Iowa, 2010; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2007

Memberships & Associations

Iowa State Bar Association