Martin E. Hsia


Martin is a registered patent attorney, one of the few patent attorneys in Hawai‘i. He practices patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, right of publicity, computer, licensing, Internet and entertainment law at Cades Schutte.  Martin is Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group and the Technology and Electronic Commerce Practice Group.

His practice includes advising clients about all aspects of US, foreign and international intellectual property rights; filing and prosecuting US and international patent and trademark applications, and US copyright applications; representing clients (working with the firm’s litigation practice group) in proceedings before US federal courts, the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board; and filing and prosecuting (through an extensive network of foreign correspondents) foreign patent and trademark applications, and prosecuting and defending opposition and cancellation proceedings before the patent and trademark offices of many of the major industrialized countries in the World.

Martin has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for 25 years, and is also listed in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and Who’s Who in American Law. He has given addresses on intellectual property matters to groups as diverse as the American Bar Association Business Law Section, United States Trademark Association, the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, the Rotary Club, Innovation workshops sponsored by US Department of Energy, the National Association of Paralegals, a third grade class studying inventions, as well as major colleges and universities, and other organizations.


  • J.D. (1981), Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude
  • B.A. (1978), Brown University, with honors

Awards and Honors

  • Listed in Best Lawyers®, since 1991
  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year, Trademark Law, Honolulu, 2012
  • IP Stars, Patent star-Hawaii and Trademark star-Hawaii, 2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, since 1996
  • Super Lawyers®, 2008 – 2013, 2015 – 2019
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property, 2015 – 2017
  • Super Lawyers List, Intellectual Property, Entertainment & Sports, 2008 – 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Rated Preeminent®, 20 years


  • Hawaii State Bar (1981)
  • United States District Court for the District of Hawai‘i (1981)
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2001)
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1990)
  • US Patent and Trademark Office (1986)


  • Hawaii State Bar Association (Intellectual Property and Technology Section, past Chair)
  • American Bar Association
  • Patent and Trademark Office Society
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • Computer Law Association
  • International Referral, IP Trademark & Copyright Exclusive Member



  • July 8, 2020, IPTL Section, Hawaii State Bar Association, “From Startup to Large International Company: Intellectual Property During Each Stage of the Life Cycle of a Business” (co-speaker with Dick (Richard) C. Mosher)
  • May 4, 2019, Leeward Community College, 2019 Hawaii Small Business Fair, “Legal Expert: Protecting Your Brand & Your Product” (co-presenter with Keri Ann K.S. Krzykowski)
  • April 11, 2019, Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program, “Protecting Your Brand When Exporting”
  • October 23, 2017, University of Hawaii, Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design Course, “Patents and Intellectual Property”
  • August 31, 2017, Hawaii State Bar Association, “Overview of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DSTA)”
  • March 18, 2016, ACM Western States Region Conference, “Intellectual Property, Copyright and Fair Use in Media”
  • August 8, 2015, Honolulu Community College, 2015 Small Business Fair, “Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks” (co-presenter with Keri Ann K.S. Krzykowski)
  • June 1, 2015, Hawaii State Bar Association “Intellectual Property 101A 101 CLE Series Seminar
  • February 21, 2015, Leeward Community College, Spring 2015 Small Business Fair, “Copyrights, Patents & Trademarks” (co-presenter with Keri Ann K.S. Krzykowski)
  • September 18, 2014, University of Hawaii College of Engineering lunch seminar on intellectual property rights
  • Legal Advice in Paradise podcast episodes 7 and 9:
  • Interview with Showcase Hawai‘i (segment begins at 14:30)