Leigha R. Santoro

Leigha comes from a retail background, helping with her family’s flower shop while growing up in her native Connecticut. After high school she went on to study Chemical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She relocated to Philadelphia to attend the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, where she served as Staff Editor of the Drexel Law Review and a member of the Inn of Court before graduating with honors in 2019.

Leigha was a judicial extern for Honorable Christopher J. Burke of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and a legal researcher for a New Jersey intellectual property boutique where she covered topics in trademark and copyright law. She spent a year as a law clerk at a Philadelphia intellectual law boutique where she undertook research projects and assisted with utility and design patent matters. Before joining K & G Law, Leigha served as a Judicial Law Clerk to Honorable Robert O. Baldi where she conducted research for motion practice and drafted memoranda and opinions related to civil cases before the Court, including briefing issues relating to the law and code surrounding challenges to the 2020 U.S. election.

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A Tasteful Expansion of the Already Full Plate of Intellectual Property
12 DREXEL L. REV. 171 (2019)

An analysis of how all types of intellectual property can encompass flavor as a protectable item, this Note concludes that trademark law is the avenue companies should pursue if they want to obtain protection for their products’ flavors. Current trademark laws should be viewed more broadly to encompass the non-traditional mark of flavor.
Enablement and Definiteness of Design Patents in Light of the Federal Circuit’s Precedential Decision in Maatita
Pennsylvania Bar Association Intellectual Property Section Writing Competition 2019, Second Place

For a two-dimensional object, a three-dimensional rendering is not necessary in an application for a design patent. If an ordinary observer can be reasonably certain to understand the entire scope of the designed element from the two-dimensional drawing, the drawing is both definite and enabled for design patent applications.

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