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 …

Does a License Agreement Trigger the On-Sale Bar – a Revisit to Helsinn

Does a License Agreement Trigger the On-Sale Bar – a Revisit to Helsinn by Elliott Chen Much attention has been focused on the recent Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., in which the Supreme Court decided that the “On-Sale Bar” of 35 U.S.C. § 102 remains the same under the America Invents Act (AIA). Thus, a “secret” sale …

The Odd Provisional as Prior Art

The Odd Provisional as Prior Art by Dan Stanger In general, the effective filing date for invention priority of a patent or patent application publication is that of the earliest application to which benefit is claimed that satisfies the written description and enablement requirements of 35 U.S.C. § 112(a). Similarly, a patent or published application generally may be prior art …

Taking a Second Look at Trademark License Agreements in Light of Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC – Part II

Taking a Second Look at Trademark License Agreements in Light of Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC – Part II by Gloria Steinberg Back in February of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the oral argument for Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC, to determine “[w]hether, under Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code, a debtor-licensor’s ‘rejection’ of …

Convertible Promissory Note Financing: Part I – Introduction

Convertible Promissory Note Financing: Part I – Introduction by Shamim Mohandessi This series explores the convertible promissory note (referred to in this article series as a “convertible note”). A convertible note is an instrument frequently used by startup companies to: (1) finance early growth activities, before the formation of capital through the offering of priced equity, or (2) bridge financing, …