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Maribeth Meluch

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OVERVIEW & EXPERIENCE

Maribeth Meluch is an experienced business law attorney with a unique and diverse skillset. She is experienced in intellectual property and employment law and provides guidance and representation to businesses on a wide range of legal issues, including IP, employment, litigation, wage and hour, OSHA and other regulatory matters.

Maribeth assists her clients in protecting their valuable and sensitive business assets by protecting their intellectual property rights through filings on copyrights, trademark and patents, and enforcing those rights through intellectual property litigation, negotiating of licensing agreements and drafting contracts to protect confidentiality of sensitive information, including non-competes and other agreements, as well as to restrict competition by employees and contractors.

Maribeth has also created a niche practice in equine law after adopting two retired Thoroughbred racehorses, one of which is the great grandson of Triple Crown Winner Affirmed. She assists equine businesses with issues unique to horses and the horse industry from customized boarding, leasing and other agreements, application of federal and state regulations, to representing plaintiffs and defendants in lawsuits involving horse-related and business issues.

Prior to practicing law, Maribeth conducted classified research in molecular biology for the renowned Battelle Memorial Institute. As a former microbiologist, Maribeth has unique knowledge when it comes to cases involving mold in construction or residential buildings, food toxicity cases, COVID and more. She also owned a beer and wine drive-thru and is familiar with the complex regulatory structure of Ohio’s liquor laws.

An avid traveler, Maribeth has been to more than 30 countries and 40 states, including Kenya, where she took a safari on horseback. In her spare time, she and her husband aspire to be gentleman farmers and maintain the Black Dog Farm, its assortment of farm animals and three incorrigible Boxers.

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AWARDS & PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Awards

  • Selected to Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2012-2013, 2015-2021 
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2015-2021; Commercial Litigation 2020-2021 
  • The Best Lawyers in America® “Laywer of the Year” Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2019 
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated Attorney
  • OSBA Community Service Award for Lawyers under 40 for the Fifth District, 1996 

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association 
  • Delaware Bar Association 
BAR / COURT ADMISSIONS
  • Ohio 
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio 
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio 
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas 
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals 
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 
CIVIC INVOLVEMENT
  • Big Walnut Galena Rotary Club Commerce 
    • President of the Board, 1996-present 
  • Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce, 1996-present 
    • Board of Directors, 1996-2002, 2014-2020, 2022-2028, 2022-present 
    • Past President of the Board, 2001 
  • Kingston Township Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1998-2001 
  • Sunbury Big Walnut Chamber of Commerce, 2018-present 
    • President of the Board, 2021-present 
MEDIA MENTIONS
PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS

Publications 

  • Ohio Civil Service Law, 1992 

Presentations 

  • HR Six Pack, Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce 
  • Patent Licensing Agreements, The Inventors Network, January 10, 2016 
  • B.E.D. and Breakfast Series Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce 
  • First Fridays Seminar Series Sunbury Area Chamber 
  • National Business Institute 

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

  • Capital University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1991 
  • Miami University, B.A., Microbiology and Zoology, 1982 

RECENT KJK INSIGHTS

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Intellectual Property in the Metaverse

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