Christopher V. Ryan

Christopher V. Ryan Partner, Intellectual Property

Chris’ practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and IP counseling related to licensing, and the acquisition and enforcement, of patents. He has handled a variety of IP cases, primarily in the high-technology arena of patent litigation, including the software, semiconductor, and computer industries, and in copyright matters concerning firmware, system software, and enterprise business software. Although Chris has worked with clients from across the country, he has extensive experience in the Eastern District of Texas, Northern District of California and the District of Delaware. He handles all phases of complex intellectual property litigation, including pre-suit strategy, discovery, summary judgment arguments, and trial preparation and strategy (including patent Markman hearings and Daubert motions).

Chris has a technical background in physics, as well as in the electrical and computer engineering fields. He has significant experience advising technology clients, as a management consultant and legal counselor.

Experience Highlights

  • (N.D. Cal.) — Represented one of the world’s leading flash memory manufacturers against patent infringement claims involving twelve patents relating to flash memory chips, memory systems, semiconductor processes, and chip packaging patents; after a favorable ruling on the issue of patent exhaustion, all claims were dismissed; defended client’s victory in federal circuit appeal
  • (D. Del.) — Represented one of the world's leading flash memory manufacturers in patent infringement actions involving patents related to flash memory products and integrated circuit packaging; obtained verdict of invalidity in initial trial and won summary judgment of invalidity
  • (S.D. Cal.) — Represented the leading manufacturer of hybrid TV tuner products against its competitor; highly successful resolution of cases for our client prior to trial
  • (E.D. Tex.) — Initiated a licensing program and secured a highly favorable settlement following jury selection for a large research university and its exclusive licensee to resolve a patent infringement dispute with a Fortune 50 search company that had not paid patent royalties
  • (D. Del.) — Represented two major computer manufacturers in patent litigation filed in the District of Delaware in which the plaintiff asserted infringement of 7 patents and sought damages for a variety of technologies used by the entire PC industry, including power management technologies currently reflected in the ACPI standard as well as graphics processors and PC architecture; after prevailing on numerous summary judgment motions the parties reached a favorable settlement
  • (D. Del.) — Represented Dell Inc. in patent litigation related to the use of web services infrastructure and e-commerce websites; the matter was resolved successfully after a take-nothing judgment in client’s favor
  • (D. Mass.) — Represented a CMOS analog semiconductor company in a case involving integrated circuit technologies designed to replace optocoupler devices as well as a countersuit asserting a patent relating to processors used in wireless devices; invalidated the opposing party’s patent through an inter partes challenge at the USPTO
  • (N.D. Cal.) — Represented a major microprocessor manufacturer in a patent infringement case involving ten patents relating to semiconductor processes, devices, inter-layer wiring, and processor architecture technologies, which resulted in summary judgment findings of invalidity or non-infringement of all of the opponent’s asserted patents; as to the manufacturer’s patents, the court also made summary judgment findings that they were not invalid and that one was infringed; we secured a successful resolution on the eve of trial

Patent Litigation

  • (W.D. Va.) — Defended Dell Inc. in patent litigation related to a method for conducting international online sales purchased over a network
  • (N.D. Cal.) — Member of team that obtained a substantial victory for a major computer technology company (and subsequently, 40 other defendants) by proving the invalidity of a licensing program for the compression of data file types
  • (E.D. Tex.) — Represented a leading microprocessor manufacturer in the defense of a patent infringement matter concerning system architecture and interconnect technologies
  • (N.D. Ill.) — Defended a leading telecommunications company in patent litigation related to the backend systems used in prepaid phone operations
  • (D. Del.) — Represented a leading developer of OEM backup and recovery software in a patent infringement case
  • (E.D. Tex.) — Represented Raytheon Company in a patent litigation involving mass storage and retrieval (SAN & NAS) systems; obtained a favorable claim construction ruling which led to all five defendants settling on favorable terms to Raytheon

Copyright Litigation

  • (N.D. Cal.) — Co-lead counsel on a complex software copyright and contractual dispute involving enterprise resource and supply chain management software
  • (W.D. Tex.) — Represented a major software retailer with a software piracy case involving copyright litigation in regards to system repair and data recovery tool (assisted)
  • (D. Mass.) — Represented a CMOS analog semiconductor company in a case involving integrated circuit technologies designed to replace optocoupler devices as well as a countersuit asserting a patent relating to processors used in wireless devices; invalidated the opposing party’s patent through an inter partes challenge at the USPTO

Licensing & Technology Transfer

  • Advised a leading telecommunications company on matters involving licensing, patent purchases, and defense of patent strategies
  • Advised an enterprise software company on matters concerning IP strategy, IP licensing, and cleanroom software development
  • Advised a semiconductor manufacturer in IP licensing and cross-licensing with direct competitors and acquisition targets


Contact Details


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2801 Via Fortuna
Suite 100
Austin, TX 78746-7568
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Chris' Practices

  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 2002 (Order of Barristers)
  • Rice University, M.E.E., 1993
  • Rice University, B.A., Physics, 1988
  • Admitted to practice: Texas, 2002; United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2003; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. District Courts for the Western, Eastern, Southern, and Northern Districts of Texas
  • United States Peace Corps, 1988–1990 
  • Research Technician, Shell Oil Environmental Division, 1991
  • Management Consultant, McKinsey & Company, 1993–1999
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2010–2012
  • Panel representative: The University of Texas Law School 18th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute, 2013