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 …

Continued Due Care and Diligence Before the USPTO in the face of COVID-19 (UPDATED)

Continued Due Care and Diligence Before the USPTO in the face of COVID-19 (UPDATED) by Pat Santos Note: This blog post is updated to reflect the passage of the CARES Act and deadline extensions in force and the Notice of Waiver of Patent-Related Timing Deadlines under the CARES Act as of March 31, 2020 (https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Patents%20CARES%20Act.pdf). First of all, I wish …

Convertible Promissory Note Financing: Part II – Common Terms

Convertible Promissory Note Financing: Part II – Common Terms by Shamim Mohandessi In our first installment, we reviewed some of the use cases for issuing convertible notes and the two common formats of convertible notes. In this second installment, we review the six central terms frequently negotiated in the issuance of convertible notes between issuers and holders. Generally, issuers negotiate: …

Washington D.C. Office Opening

Washington D.C. Office Opening Han Santos, PLLC is pleased to announce the opening of our new office in Washington D.C. located at Foggy Bottom. With our new office, Han Santos continues to formalize our firm’s national scope, and our attorneys are committed to being leading counselors across a wide spectrum of law. Our diversity of clients and experience is key …

Why Trademarks Matter and How it Can Become an Expensive Problem

Why Trademarks Matter and How it Can Become an Expensive Problem by Gloria Steinberg Selecting the right name for a service or a product is one of the most difficult tasks when launching a business. While there are many considerations into building a brand, strong brand names are often associated with an authenticity and a mission that is driven by …

Acceleration of Patent Examination – Special or Prioritized Examination

Acceleration of Patent Examination – Special or Prioritized Examination by Dave Ream Federal Rule 37 CFR 1.102 outlines the general process for advancement of patent examination in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and MPEP 708.02, 708.02(a) and 708.02(b) detail specific requirements and processes for advancement or acceleration of patent examination. As detailed in MPEP 708.02+, there are two basic …