Understanding Secret Commercial Use and the Patent Filing Grace Period

Understanding Secret Commercial Use and the Patent Filing Grace Period By Elliott Chen An inventor created a piece of proprietary software that is used to design a commercial product. The inventor initially decided to keep the proprietary software a trade secret, but then decides to file a patent application for the software after sales of the commercial product started to …

PPP Loan Considerations for Mergers & Acquisitions

PPP Loan Considerations for Mergers & Acquisitions By Shamim Mohandessi In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 27th, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. Legislation that was passed by Congress with broad bipartisan support. A prominent feature of the CARES Act has been the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP …

Han Santos Represents Amazon Agency Orca Pacific in Merger with MightyHive

Han Santos Represents Amazon Agency Orca Pacific in Merger with MightyHive November, 2020, Seattle WA— Han Santos, PLLC acted as counsel to Orca Pacific in its merger with MightyHive, a wholly-owned subsidiary of S4 Capital PLC; a deal that officially closed October 30th. The merger is expected to bolster MightyHive’s existing eCommerce and advertising offerings while allowing Orca Pacific’s industry-leading team …

Han Santos Counselor Earns Coveted Privacy Practice Certification

Han Santos Counselor Earns Coveted Privacy Practice Certification Nabil Abdalla, celebrated associate within Han Santos, recently received his Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) credential after passing the exam in July. Nabil works within the firm’s Intellectual Property and Cybersecurity & Privacy practice groups. Obtaining the CIPP certification sets Nabil up as a premier counselor in the privacy law sector. Earning …

Filing a Provisional Application Does Not Give Away Your Trade Secret

By Elliott Chen

In many cases, companies debate between making use of trade secrets and making use of patents. The two intellectual property regimes have different characteristics. However, a common practice is to file a provisional patent to buy time for a company to make a decision.

Patrick Santos invited to join Puget Sound Business Journal Leadership Trust

Patrick Santos invited to join Puget Sound Business Journal Leadership Trust Puget Sound Business Journal Leadership Trust is an Invitation-Only Community for Top Business Decision Makers in the Puget Sound Region Seattle, WA, May 26, 2020 — Patrick Santos, Managing Partner of Han Santos, PLLC, has been invited to join Puget Sound Business Journal Leadership Trust, an exclusive community for …

2020 Legislative Review: Potential New Privacy Laws in Washington State

2020 Legislative Review: Potential New Privacy Laws in Washington State by Shelbi Hogenson The following is a brief summary of the proposed Washington Privacy Act and our expectations for 2021. The Washington Privacy Act was introduced earlier this year but failed to pass the legislature before session adjourned on March 12. Ever since the Cambridge Analytica events, privacy laws have …

Han Santos Associate, Nabil Abdalla Obtains CISSP

Han Santos Associate, Nabil Abdalla Obtains CISSP Han Santos, PLLC congratulates Nabil Abdalla, an associate in our Intellectual Property practice group and our Cybersecurity and Privacy practice group, on achieving his Associate of (ISC)2 status for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification. The International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)², a global cybersecurity and IT security professional organization, …

Saving Lives, One 3D Printer at a Time

Saving Lives, One 3D Printer at a Time by Avery Closser Han Santos has deep ties with the local technology community. Thursday afternoon, we received an email from the Microsoft makers community about a new opportunity to volunteer to help communities facing medical supply shortages. As many of you know, health care providers are struggling to obtain personal protection equipment …