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From the internet and eCommerce to artificial intelligence (AI), the technology sector is evolving every day. Leveraging these advancements can help Hawai‘i-based businesses and organizations stand out and provide better services to their clients.

However, while technological developments enhance efficiency and capabilities in our daily lives, they also create new legal risks. It is crucial to be aware of these issues to protect individuals and their organizations.

What We Do

  • Intellectual Property Protection for Various Technologies
  • Patent, Copyright, Trademark, and Trade Secret Actions
  • Information Technology (IT) and AI Contract Review
  • Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Contract Review
  • Cybersecurity Advice
  • Online First Amendment and Defamation Issues
  • Privacy Advice
  • Compliance
  • eDiscovery Support
  • Software Licensing Disputes

Cades Schutte advises a wide range of clients, from private individuals to small and large businesses, across industries including financial services, healthcare, energy hospitality, retail, education, and media, on legal issues related to technology.

Regulatory Compliance

Cades Schutte works with clients on compliance with applicable regulations such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and others in their information management practices. We have successfully defended clients deemed to have violated certain regulations and advised on mitigating such risks in the future.

Intellectual Property

We work with both individual inventors and businesses on the protection of intellectual property rights throughout the world for various technologies, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. We also advise clients on protecting their trade secrets and on licensing. Cades Schutte attorneys are licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Contract Review

Cades Schutte attorneys assist clients as they assess and engage with vendors to adopt new technologies for their business, from initial research to vendor agreements. Our attorneys are particularly experienced in reviewing contracts for IT vendors and have extensive expertise in SaaS contract review.

Technology-Related Dispute Resolution

Advances in technology can potentially lead to litigation. Cades Schutte’s litigation team is equipped to advise on a wide range of issues, including conflicts arising from defamation or violations of First Amendment rights (often related to online content), disputes related to software licensing, and patent, copyright, or trademark infringement issues, which have become more common with the increasing use of technological tools.

  • Protection of technology-related intellectual property including patents on machine learning, cybersecurity, data structures, network defense, building space utilization, medical imaging, automotive technology, alternative energy, and power generation.
  • Representing financial institutions and other clients with reviewing and negotiating material contracts for software and information technology services.
  • Advising media clients, including newspapers, television, radio stations, magazines, and publishers, regarding defamation claims brought upon them for content posted on the internet.


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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 Group and Co-Chair of the Technology Group.

Hsia Martin
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Craig I. Nakanishi


Craig has extensive experience representing clients in the petroleum, electric, and alternative/renewable energy industries. He is the Chair of the firm’s Energy Group and Co-Chair of the firm’s Technology Group.

Nakanishi Craig