Hanson-Smith, Ltd. is a small consulting firm located in Washington State.

Since 1980, Hanson-Smith, Ltd. has provided technical and business expertise to a diverse nationwide clientele. On hundreds of projects, we have helped our clients meet a wide range of strategic and tactical goals, often assuming a hands-on role in associated research, validation, and implementation. We balance the pursuit of innovative opportunities with measures to mitigate risk.

Most work has involved development, sale, procurement, delivery, or use of computer software. We draw on broad experience in designing, building, evaluating, and packaging software – with special expertise in distributed computing, data integration, data mining, user-driven design, and process improvement. This work has ranged from building operating systems and designing programming languages to solving complex end-user reporting problems.

Hanson-Smith, Ltd. clients include software vendors, service firms, public sector organizations, financial institutions, consultants, utilities, start-ups, and investors. Hanson-Smith, Ltd. began in Connecticut; after a decade in Chicago, we moved to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula in 2004. Work today is limited, and focuses on a small number of interesting clients, projects, and patents (US 20090259612 A1). It's late in the day for us.

About that patent: It's broad, it has a lot of citations, it covers really interesting technology, it's probably going to be infringed upon and maybe already has been. The claims cover a lot of uses beyond what you might think from the title and the abstract. But it's very hard for a small patent holder to do anything. Unless you are actually building and selling a product or licensing the technology, it's hard to get anybody to look at it. If it catches your eye, and you have a business that can use patented software pipeline technology, by all means give us a shout. It's sad to see it sitting there, unused. 

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