Adjunct Professor Alan Melnicoe teaches Contract Writing and Analysis. He has over 25 years experience as a partner in a Silicon Valley law firm, a general counsel of several high-tech companies, and a litigator with the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. He has negotiated and drafted numerous agreements for the acquisition, leasing, and licensing of real, personal, and intellectual property. For example, he represented a large contract manufacturer in negotiations with Microsoft for the manufacture of the Xbox 360.
Professor Melnicoe has authored articles and given presentations on a great variety of subjects, such as legal issues concerning offshore manufacturing, the Internet, buying a technology company, contract formation, protecting trade secrets, joint ventures, content ownership and licensing, sports law, trademarks, customer insolvency, patent licensing, privacy, and software licensing. He has also appeared on several nationally televised news programs to comment on various legal developments. Professor Melnicoe was named as one of the top lawyers in Silicon Valley in five out of six consecutive years in surveys of lawyers conducted by San Jose Magazine. Mr. Melnicoe obtained his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law, where he served on the Law Journal, and his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.