Daniel J. Santos
Georgia State University College of Law, J.D. 1995.
B.S.E.E. 1989, Clemson University
Dan is a member of the firm’s prosecution section. His practice involves all areas of intellectual property law including patent prosecution and disputes concerning patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights. He counsels clients and renders opinions concerning the infringement/non-infringement of issued patents, the validity/invalidity of issued patents, and the design of products and processes to avoid potential patent infringement assertions. He has an AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review RatingSM by Martindale-Hubbell®, a ranking reserved for attorneys whose peers consider them to have the highest level of professional ethics and skill.
Dan first entered the field of intellectual property in 1989 as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). As an examiner, he examined patent applications in the electrical imaging arts in an area of technology classified by the USPTO as image analysis. In this area of technology, images are electronically scanned and converted into digital data, which is then processed using combinations of hardware and software to perform various types of analyses on the data, such as fingerprint recognition, feature recognition, facial recognition, character recognition, bar code recognition, and medical imaging. After working for two years as an examiner, Dan moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1991 to attend law school in the evening program at Georgia State University. At that time, he was hired by Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. to work as a patent clerk preparing and prosecuting patent applications relating to cable TV set top boxes. In 1992, he left Scientific-Atlanta and took a position with an Atlanta law firm where he worked as a patent clerk preparing and prosecuting applications in the electrical and computer technologies. He graduated from law school in 1995 and was admitted to the Georgia Bar the same year. He also became registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent lawyer in 1995.
Since 1995, Dan has worked as an intellectual property attorney focusing primarily on domestic and foreign patent application drafting and prosecution. Over the years, his practice has focused in the areas of electronics, computers, software, telecommunications, imaging and optics. Specific areas of technology in which he practices include integrated circuit design and processes, memory storage systems, analog and digital circuit design, wireless systems and protocols, telephones, base stations, telecommunications protocols, optical fibers, optical transceivers, MRI imaging systems, X-ray imaging systems, and ultrasound imaging systems. In addition to patent procurement, he also does a considerable amount of work relating to patent validity and infringement analyses and opinions. He also has experience in litigating intellectual property issues. He also has acted as an arbitrator/mediator in patent cases. A significant part of his practice also involves performing freedom to practice analyses and opinion drafting.
Dan’s clients include large international corporate clients, international law firms, small and mid-size U.S. corporate clients, and individual inventors. He also stays active in the intellectual property community on both the local and national level. He has published several articles and given several speeches on patent issues. He has also appeared on television discussing various issues relating to patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights. He has acted as the chair of the Emerging Technologies Subcommittee on Nanotechnology of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and has been involved in panel discussions both as a moderator and as a panelist.
Some of the articles that Dan has published include "A New Frontier in Patents: Patent Claims to Propagated Signals," The John Marshall Journal Of Computer and Information Law, Vol. XVII, Number 1, March 1999, "What Does 'Means' Mean," Intellectual Property Today, October 1997, "'Means-Plus-Function Can Cause Drafting Angst," The National Law Journal, October 1997, and “Dismantling The Atomic Bomb Of Patent Defenses,” Intellectual Property Today, July 2011.
Dan is a member of the Georgia State Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.