Saalini  V. Sekar

150 South Fifth Street, Suite 2200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.766.6005
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Melissa Ziegler
D: 612.336.4632

Saalini is an intellectual property attorney in the Electrical & Software Group at Merchant & Gould’s Minneapolis, Minnesota, office. She focuses on patent work for clients in the electrical engineering and computer engineering spaces. An experienced engineer in her own right, Saalini brings her former work with IBM to the table to further client goals on a daily basis.

Skilled Patent Prosecution for Engineers, by an Engineer

As an engineer, you understand how technically complex your innovation is. You also understand that there can be a long onboarding process to bring in outside help to protect your innovation. When you work with Saalini, that process is cut back extensively. Her education, training, and work experience in engineering means she has been in your shoes, speaks your language, and can quickly anticipate your needs.

Moreover, Saalini understands the business side of pursuing engineering patents. She’s worked in a large company and has experienced firsthand what the internal processes are like, the hurdles that must be overcome, and so much more.

Saalini takes this broad knowledge and applies it to the patent prosecution process, carefully completing patent applications and advocating tenaciously when interacting with the US Patent & Trademark Office.

Dedicated Advocacy Based on More Than Just Research

Your patent attorney should not only offer to do detailed research into the technology behind an invention. Your attorney should also take the time to get to know you, your business and your objectives. Your attorney should dive deep into immediate needs and long-term goals.

Saalini will do this and more, offering you the space you need to share all relevant information that will determine how to best proceed with your latest innovation. 


University of Minnesota Law School
J.D., 2018

Iowa State University
M.S., Electrical Engineering, 2008

Iowa State University 
B.S., Computer and Electrical Engineering, 2006


State of Minnesota

Publications & Speaking


Changes in dc current bias as a function of input drive for a depletion mode SiC MESFET, in Electro Information Technology Conference, Sekar, S., Cao, H., Weber, R. (2008). May 18 – 20, 2008, Ames, IA., pp. 367-371.

Phased array system design and modeling, in International Symposium on Signals, Systems and Electronics, Wanner, S., Sekar, S., Fu, B., Weber, R., and J. Song. (2007) Jul 30 – Aug 2, 2007, Montreal, B.C., Canada, pp. 455-458.