Melissa Santos has a wide-ranging practice that includes patent prosecution, patent litigation, and client counseling in the fields of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and materials science. Prior to her legal career, Melissa was awarded a doctorate in chemical engineering and gained significant technical experience through research on polymer chemistry, fabrication and characterization of materials, and protein and genetic engineering. This hands-on knowledge gives her a unique perspective as an attorney, and is particularly significant when counseling clients who have complex chemical or biochemical processes.

Melissa concentrates on patent prosecution and various aspects of patent litigation. She drafts and prosecutes patent applications, coordinates foreign prosecution, and assists in due diligence analyses and client counseling. Melissa also prepares infringement and freedom to operate opinions in various chemical-related technology areas. Previously, she worked on a team that advised on foreign intellectual property policy development.

Her experience in litigation ranges from pre-litigation and early-stage representation to directly managing and leading arbitration.

Melissa has worked with both U.S.-based and international clients. She takes time to understand what clients need and then develops methodologies for delivering solutions. She has done a considerable amount of work with foreign clients, including from Sweden, Germany, Japan, and Spain. The foundation of her practice is to analyze, explain, and counsel clients grappling with highly complex and unfamiliar legal and policy issues in ways they can both understand, and more significantly, act strategically on.   



Coauthor. “Diffusion of liquid water in free-standing polymer films using pressure-contact time-resolved fourier transform infrared attenuated total reflectance spectroscopy.” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2017.

Coauthor. “Highly porous Ti4O7 reactive electrochemical water filtration membranes fabricated via electrospinning/electrospraying.” American Institute of Chemical Engineers Journal, 2016.

Coauthor. “A role for caveolin-1 in mechanotransduction of fetal type II epithelial cells.” American Journal of Physiology, Lung Cellular, and Molecular Physiology, 2010.

Community & Professional

American Bar Association (ABA)

American Chemical Society

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)


J.D., University of Michigan Law School

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County


  • Filipino
  • Spanish

Bar & Court Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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