Curtis Hom serves as the Team Lead for the IP Transactions Group at Han Santos, helping clients build and implement successful technology business strategies. His work focuses primarily on helping clients plan, negotiate and close strategic IP-based transactions, and supporting public corporation board of directors' governance and performance evaluations. Prior to joining the firm, Curtis helmed his own boutique Intellectual Property law practice for 11 years.
Curtis brings with him 15 years of corporate transactional experience as a senior attorney at Microsoft headquarters. He worked with internal business clients in all aspects of software licensing strategy and engagements with international PC manufacturers, network equipment providers, and mobile device manufacturers. He gained tremendous insight, working in the trenches, helping his internal clients develop, update, and implement software licensing, marketing and distribution programs. Prior to his time at Microsoft, Curtis also served as senior staff for a United States Senator, and in a large Seattle-based law firm.
While at Microsoft, Curtis supported technology standards engagements with organizations such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Information Technology Industry Council, IETF, W3C, and Bluetooth SIG, among others, primarily on intellectual property policy issues. He also helped form standards development collaborations between Microsoft and other leading core technology companies. He also advocated on behalf of Microsoft and other US companies to standards policy agencies in the People’s Republic of China.
Curtis is an Affiliate Instructor in the Intellectual Property Department at the University of Washington School of Law, where he taught for several years. He also lectures occasionally at the Foster School of Business and at the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), a cooperative venture between the University of Washington and Tsinghua University.
Finally, Curtis serves or has served as a board member of national non-profit organizations such as the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (www.napaba.org), National Asian Pacific American Center on Aging (napca.org), and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (www.apaics.org).
Practice Areas & Services:
- Intellectual Property
- Licensing & Transactions
- Federal & State Trade Secrets
- Corporate Board Evaluations
- Computer Software
- Automotive and Technology
- National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, Board Member and Secretary
- University of Washington School of Law, Center for Advanced Studies & Research in Intellectual Property, Affiliate Instructor
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Past Board Member & Committee Chair
- Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, Past Board Member & Committee Chair
- Transactional Strategy & Negotiations
- Trade Secret Policies & Due Diligence
- Computer Software
- Licensing & Subscriptions
- Sales, Marketing & Distribution
Admissions, Licenses, & Certifications:
- US Supreme Court Bar
- WA State Bar Association
- NY State Bar Association
- J.D. Columbia University School of Law
- B.S. Economics, University of Minnesota
- Non-degree. Legal Department International Exchange, Peking University
- Mandarin Chinese (conversational)