Mel Williams was one of the many leading patent attorneys to graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the George Washington Law School. He served for twenty-five years at United Technologies until his retirement in 1992. In that organization he rose to become head of its patent operation. During his time as a leader at United Technologies, Mel was active in Intellectual Property Owners, Inc., where he was known as a blunt spoken advocate for the patent system.
After retirement, he spent more than a decade in private practice, finally retiring from this second career in 2014.