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. The decision usually is based on whether the subject matter will be productized, …

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 …

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 …