steven santisi


Innovation is an essential driver of growth. Intellectual property functions as the currency of innovation in our economy incentivizing and justifying investment in research and development.  With a creative perspective, I offer a broad range of IP services including the development and protection of innovations, acquiring & licensing IP, and supporting IP enforcement, all of which are aimed at strategically advancing my clients’ business objectives most effectively and efficiently.


Steven Santisi is a shareholder at Holley Driggs, Ldt. who has extensive experience in hands-on, client-centric, legal services. He has over 25 years of experience, both firm-based and in-house, built on an engineering foundation of computer networking and software development.

Santisi is joining the firm after years of experience as both an attorney and legal counsel. Previous work experience for Santisi includes work as an attorney at Limbach & Limbach, LLP, senior attorney at Dugan & Dugan, PC, Chief Counsel at Global Patents, and General Counsel at Hadley Investment.

As a long-time legal counselor for businesses, Santisi has gained valuable knowledge on many law-based topics, including IP (patents, branding, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, open source, etc.), licensing, complex commercial transactions, M&A and divestitures, investigations, employment, and litigation.

Reported Cases

Playboy Enterprises, Inc. v. Calvin Designer Label, 985 F. Supp. 1220 (N.D. Calif. 1997)

Practice Groups

Intellectual Property
Employment Law
Commercial Litigation

Bar and Court Admissions

USPTO (Attorney Reg. No. 40,157)
Federal Circuit, All District Courts of CA
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
California (Member No. 188,210)


University of Illinois, Chicago School of Law, Juris Doctor (1996)
Cornell University, Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering (1988)

Publications and Published Opinions

“In Re Warmerdam: When Is a Software Process too Abstract to Merit Patent Protection,” 13 J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. L. 667 (1995)