As a physicist, Luke’s experience has included work across most technical areas including: electrical circuitry, biotechnology, genetic engineering, computer systems, thin film processes, software, encryption, mechanical devices, consumer goods, and a variety of other disciplines.
Luke has prepared, protected, and registered traditional word marks, logos, slogans, trade dress protections, and product configuration protections. Luke also prepares and prosecutes copyright registrations for artwork, books, software, and websites. He has developed licensing frameworks and has negotiated and drafted numerous agreements relating to intellectual property rights. He regularly counsels clients on developing strategies to protect their intellectual property.
Luke and the firm team have been instrumental in enforcing intellectual property for clients. He has participated as lead counsel, co-counsel, testifying expert, or as prime arbitrator in a variety of intellectual property litigation matters before state courts, federal courts, and arbitration panels across numerous jurisdictions. For example, he and his team successfully obtained a $15.2M jury verdict upholding the trademark PROFILE® in U.S. federal court in the case of Cache La Poudre, LLC v. Land O’Lakes, Inc.
“I was an inventor before I was a patent attorney,” says Luke. “The experiences of dealing with intellectual property caused me to create the firm in the first place.
“We understand creative people and creative businesses. Helping both entrepreneurs and established businesses to create value is what our entire team is all about. That’s why we call ourselves the Idea Asset Group.
“It may sound altruistic, but helping to advance human progress in a cost efficient way is incredibly satisfying,” he says. “We all thrive on the opportunity to contribute to businesses and entrepreneurs — and on adding significant value to help encourage creativity.
Prior to founding Santangelo Law Offices in 1991, Luke had been an aerospace physicist with Martin-Marietta (now Lockheed-Martin) and worked on space shuttle projects and on governmentally classified MX system projects.
Together with his wife, Elizabeth, and his three daughters, Luke enjoys ice hockey, skiing and snowboarding, hiking and climbing, horseback riding, and the universe in general.