Steve Meleen

Steve Meleen has specialized in trademark law since he began his career with Arnold White & Durkee in 1996. Steve handles all aspects of trademark and unfair competition law, and primarily focuses on trademark litigation. He is also experienced in copyright counseling and litigation.

Steve has been actively involved in internet developments and policies affecting trademark owners, and devotes a significant portion of his practice to internet-related trademark issues.  He has served as Chair of the Trademark Internet and Trademark Litigation Committees of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and Chair of the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section’s Trademark Committee. He is currently serving as President of the Austin Intellectual Property Association.

Steve received his J.D. with honors from The University of Texas School of Law, where he was a member of Texas Law Review and Order of the Coif. Before law school, he was a nuclear engineer at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, where he specialized in reactor plant shielding of nuclear-powered submarines, aircraft carriers, and guided-missile cruisers.

“Disputes authority Steve Meleen is a ‘masterful tactician who can swiftly determine the most effective course of action to achieve a great resolution.’”

World Trademark Review's WTR 1000 (2013)

“Steve Meleen is a go to for gut checks and answers to the questions that CEO's throw at in-house counsel. Ridiculously smart, he has exceptional litigation judgement and provides sound, thoughtful advice in every situation. As one client enthuses: 'There is nobody I would trust more to handle a complex infringement case.'”

World Trademark Review's WTR 1000 (2020)

“Steve Meleen is a trademark and unfair competition law expert with a focus on trials and litigation. He has been at the forefront of the firm's work on internet-related issues and domain names.”

Chambers & Partners USA (2016)

Steve Meleen, “a talented and worthy adversary in court.”

World Trademark Review's WTR 1000 (2015)

“Extremely bright” litigator Steve Meleen has a string of successes to his name. He polices and enforces the rights of a host of well-known brands, including Dell Inc., SXSW Inc. and TGI Friday’s Inc.

World Trademark Review's WTR 1000 (2014)

“Meleen knows how to enforce rights in a strategic, practical manner and instils confidence when handling complex litigations; he always provides sound, thoughtful advice and is a pleasant person to be around, too.”

World Trademark Review's WTR 1000 (2018)

“Meleen is a well-rounded attorney whose nimble courtroom performances have secured repeated successes for a multitude of clients, including ExxonMobil.”

World Trademark Review's WTR 1000 (2017)

“Steve Meleen is a well-regarded practitioner in trademark and unfair competition law who specializes in trademark litigation. He is particularly active in internet issues, where he actively monitors developments and policies impacting trademark owners.”

Chambers & Partners USA (2018)


  • 1995 J.D., with Honors, The University of Texas School of Law
    • Texas Law Review
    • Order of the Coif, Texas Chapter
  • 1988 B.S., Cum Laude, Engineering Management, Oral Roberts University


  • Chambers & Partners USA, Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright in Texas (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • “Lawyer of the Year” for Trademark Law in Austin, Best Lawyers® by Woodward/White, Inc. (2013, 2019)
  • WTR 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, World Trademark Review (2011-present)
  • Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars (2013-present)
  • Managing Intellectual Property – Top Seven Outstanding IP Litigators in Texas (2015)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White, Inc. (2011-present)
  • Trade Mark Expert Guide, Legal Media Group (2014-present)
  • Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers, Law Business Research Ltd. (2007 – 2016, 2018-2019)
  • Texas Super Lawyers® list, a Thomson Reuters service (2015-present)
  • Texas Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters service (2004)
  • WIPR Leader, World IP Review, Newton Media Ltd. (2015-2020)
  • Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Commander’s Special Achievement Award, 1990


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Fellows (2017)
    • Former Chair, Trademark Internet Committee
    • Former Chair, Trademark Litigation Committee
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Austin Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Board Member (2016-Present), Immediate Past President
  • Federal Bar Association
  • The Honorable Lee Yeakel IP Inn of Court
  • International Trademark Association
    • Online Trademark Use Subcommittee, Former Chair
  • State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section
    • Council Member (2014-2017)
    • Former Chair, Trademark Committee
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Austin Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Texas Law Review Association Board of Directors Sustaining Life Members


  • Editor-in-chief, Trademark Infringement Remedies, 2nd Edition, 2015 and 2016 Cumulative Supplements; ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (BNA)
  • Panelist, “Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Mock Trial,” State Bar of Texas 29th Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course, Austin, Texas, February 2016
  • “Intellectual Property Issues in Bankruptcy and the Exclusion of Trademark Licenses from the Definition of Intellectual Property,” 34th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, UT Law, Austin, Texas, November 2015
  • Speaker, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Trademark Boot Camp, “Cease-and-Desist Campaigns,” Washington, DC, June 2014
  • Moderator, Texas Bar CLE Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course, Austin, Texas, February 2013
  • Co-Host, INTA Roundtable, “IP Due Diligence in M&A Transactions,” Austin, Texas, September 2012
  • “Hot Topics, Warm Muffins, and Dying Embers in Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Practice,” Texas Bar CLE Advanced Intellectual Property Course, Houston, Texas, March 2012
  • Lecturer on Internet Trademark Issues, The University of Texas School of Law
    AIPLA Live Online Seminar: Patent, Trademark and Copyright: Hot Topics from 2007, November 2007
  • “Trademarks 2006-07: Monsters, Hogs, and Daisy Duke (Rated R),” Year in Review Plenary Session, AIPLA Annual Meeting, October 2007
  • “Advertising on the Internet and Resulting Trademark Issues,” Minnesota CLE Trademark Law 2007, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 2007
  • Host, INTA Roundtable, “Legal Issues in Marketing and Advertising,” Austin, Texas, January 2007
  • Judge, American Bar Association and National Arbitration Forum Arbitration Competition, November 2006
  • “Federal Dilution,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course, Austin, Texas, March 2006
  • Co-Host, INTA Roundtable, “Trademark Litigation,” Austin, Texas, October 2005
  • “Trademark Law Update, Including Dilution,” State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Course, Austin, Texas, April 2003
  • Co-author, “Recent Developments in Trademark Law: Elusive Dilution? Sorting the Resulting Confusion,” Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, Winter 2003 (11 Tex. Intell. Prop. L. J. 351)
  • “Trademarks 2002-2003: Lingerie to Lawn Care,” Austin Intellectual Property Law Association, May 2003
  • Co-author, AIPLA’s Amicus Curiae Brief, Dastar Corp. v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., 2003
  • Co-author, “Transnational Domain-Name Disputes,” The U.S. Perspective, International Trademark Association, Trademarks in Cyberspace 2002, Brussels, Belgium, September 19, 2002
  • Host, INTA Roundtable, “Unconventional Trademarks,” Austin, Texas, October 17, 2000
  • “Trademarks in Cyberspace,” INTA/NALA presentation, Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 2000
  • “Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law,” ABA IPL Newsletter, 1997-1999
  • Co-author, “Recent Developments in Trademark Law,” State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas, June 1997