Practice Group Co-Leader
Ryan is the co-leader of the Intellectual Property practice group, and has been featured as one of the leading intellectual property attorneys in Georgia, being named to The Atlanta Intellectual Property American Inn of Court and Georgia Trend magazine’s Legal Elite in Intellectual Property Law (2005-2008), selected for inclusion as a Georgia Rising Star and a Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine (Georgia Rising Star - 2005-2007; Georgia Super Lawyer - 2010-2012; Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition (2010-2011)), and AV® Peer Review Rated, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.
Ryan has over 15 years experience counseling clients on the protection, licensing, and enforcement of intellectual property rights, with specific expertise in patent law. While focusing on patent, trademark, Internet and copyright prosecution, counseling and litigation, Ryan also has extensive experience counseling clients on licensing, marketing, distribution, technology and other commercial transactions regarding products and services protectable under international, federal, state or local intellectual property laws. He participates in corporate deals requiring the analysis of intellectual property assets, and represents both plaintiffs and defendants in intellectual property disputes involving trade secrets, covenants not to compete, unfair competition actions, Internet disputes, false advertising claims, and other claims relating to intellectual property. Ryan is well-versed not only on the substance of intellectual property law, but also on federal and state court procedural issues, including obtaining and defending against temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions that often are sought in intellectual property actions. Ryan is also proficient in resolving disputes through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as arbitration and mediation.
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.
Named by Martindale-Hubbell in The 2012 Top Rated Lawyers Annual Guide to Intellectual Property.
Named to The Atlanta Intellectual Property American Inn of Court.
Named to Georgia Trend magazine’s Legal Elite in Intellectual Property Law (2005-2008, 2012).
Selected as a Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine (2010-2013); Selected as a Rising Star in Intellectual Property by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine (2005-2007).
Distinguished Service Award from Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia for recognition of Pro Bono Service (2002-2003).
Outstanding Committee Member from Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia for recognition of work with Aspiring Youth Committee (1998).
Recent Publications and Speaking Engagements
Presenter, The Patenting Process in the United States - An Overview for Administrative and Support Staff, Association of University Technology Managers (2012).
Presenter, The 2012 Minority Faculty Development Workshop: Engineering Enterprise and Innovation (2012).
Presenter, Georgia Tech Integrated Programs for Startups (GT:IPS) (2012).
Webinar Host and Presenter, The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) (2011-2012).
Presenter, AUTM Eastern Region Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, (2009).
Chapter, “Inside The Minds: Developing A Patent Strategy: Leading Lawyers On Counseling Clients On Patent Protection, Evaluating Patent Portfolios, And Working With The USPTO,” Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters business (2010).
“Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights,” Richard Stim, 3rd Edition, Delmar Learning, (Editor) (2009).