Firm Managing Partner at Han Santos PLLC
Patrick Santos is the managing partner for Han Santos PLLC. He established the firm with partner Andy Han in 2013. He currently oversees the firm’s growth and expansions of the firm’s scope of practice.
Mr Santos has an extensive technology background and is experienced in systems software, including database systems, operating systems, compilers, packet networks, cellular networks, cloud infrastructure and cryptography.
He began his career as a software engineer for 12 years, seven of which were spent at Microsoft. Mr Santos worked on the Visual C++, Xbox and Windows XP teams, as well as in Microsoft Research. His work at Microsoft resulted in being named co-inventor on three patents (US patent nos 7,174,540; 7,321,897 and 8,065,307).
Mr Santos took a short break from Microsoft to join the US Patent and Trademark Office as a patent examiner, first specialising in cryptography and cybersecurity, and later in database and distributed applications. He returned to Microsoft in 2005 as a patent analyst for legal and corporate affairs (LCA) where he was an LCA scholar.
Mr Santos moved on to a national law firm where he was co-chair of their IP counselling group as well as partner. He was also a C/C++ instructor at Bellevue College and a C/C++ adjunct instructor for the University of Washington, Seattle.
Presently, Mr Santos is a seconded IP attorney for a major Seattle area corporation where he provides IP conflict matter and IP strategy counsel. His desire to establish the firm sprang from the observation that patent attorneys are often limited in their understanding of the actual technology. His dream was to build a firm that housed technical subject matter experts who also are skilled legal practitioners with solid foundational understanding of the needs of corporations. This ensures his clients have trusted partners that can reliably counsel on all aspects of business, innovation and protection of intellectual property.