Thomas J. Satagaj

Of Counsel

Background

Tom Satagaj provides intellectual property rights counsel including patent portfolio strategy development, due diligence analysis, and validity and infringement studies. Tom specializes in patent procurement and licensing in the electrical engineering, embedded systems, and computer-related fields. He graduated (cum laude) from the University of Bridgeport with a B.S. in Computer Engineering, minor in Mathematics (1987) and went on to receive a J.D. (cum laude) from Seattle University (2006).

Education

Seattle University
J.D. 2006

University of Bridgeport
Computer Engineering
B.S. 1987

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to Washington Rising Stars®, 2010, 2012-2017

Experience

Tom has nearly 20 years of industry experience bringing electronic systems from initial concept through design, manufacturing, and market delivery. He is well-versed in many facets of high and low-level software, electronics, and engineering design methodologies. Tom has expert level knowledge of several microprocessor families, electronic communication protocols, and electronic devices, and he specializes in digital electronics integration and embedded systems. Tom began his career at Norden Systems, a division of United Technologies Corporation (UTC), writing embedded software for advanced military radar and ballistics systems. Later, he moved to another UTC division, Otis Elevator, to work on high-rise elevator controllers. Tom then joined Measurement Systems International (MSI), an industrial weighing systems manufacturer, where he designed, developed, and integrated embedded software. Most recently, Tom worked as an architect level engineer and engineering manager at BSQUARE Corporation, where he designed and integrated consumer electronic systems built around Microsoft’s family of embedded operating systems.

TECHNICAL FOCUS

As an IP attorney, Tom’s technical focus is on embedded and digital electronics, microprocessor technologies, telecom technologies, high and low-level software including distributed ledger technologies, machine learning/artificial intelligence/neural networks, image processing, web technologies, and the Internet of Things (IoT). He also has deep knowledge of medical devices, industrial devices, and the mechanical arts.

Affiliations

Tom is admitted to the Washington State Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) and serves on WSBA’s Intellectual Property Section Executive Committee. Additionally, Tom is a member of the King County Bar Association (KCBA), the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the Washington State Patent Law Association (WSPLA), The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE).

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