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About Ryan

Ryan is the chief representative of the Shenzhen, China, representative office of Fish & Richardson P.C. Ryan’s practice emphasizes patent prosecution, litigation support, opinion work, IP due diligence, IP strategy, portfolio management, agreements and licensing. Now in China, and having lived and worked in Munich, Germany, prosecuting patents before the German and European patent offices, Ryan has developed an international perspective on IP issues, and challenges clients face across the globe.

Ryan has participated in post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office, and has several years of experience in various technical arts including software, computer science, mechanical, electro-mechanical, electrical systems, and controls. Much of Ryan’s work focuses on cutting edge technologies including blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning, including deep learning and reinforcement learning. He has developed a particular focus on patent-eligibility in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2014 holding in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank. In addition to architecting Fish’s Alice Tracker website, Ryan has developed both prosecution, and litigation strategies for navigating the evolving patent-eligibility case law from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and U.S. district courts.

While still on the road to learning Mandarin, he is fluent in German, and his professional technical experience includes working as an applications engineer at GKN Automotive Inc., and as a graduate engineer in the GKN plc Group graduate development scheme in Germany and the United Kingdom.

Publications

Building Business at SXSW: Festival-Going Lawyers Mix and Mingle With People In Tech and Entertainment Biz

Speaking Engagements

SXSW Interactive 2014 – Intellectual Property IQ: A Workshop For Artists, Developers, And Entrepreneurs

SXSW Interactive 2014 – Mentor

SXSW Eco 2013 – Mentor

IP Cases

Certain Access Control Systems and Components Thereof – (International Trade Commission) Representing Complainant in patent litigation involving moveable barrier systems.

The Chamberlain Group, Inc. v. Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. – (E.D. Ill.) Representing plaintiff in patent litigation involving moveable barrier systems.

Industrial Print Technologies, LLC v. Hewlett-Packard Co. – (N.D. Texas) Representing defendant in patent litigation involving printing technology.

Data Detection Systems, LLC v. BMC Software, Inc. – (S.D. Texas) Represented defendant in patent litigation involving network monitoring and management software. Settled favorably.

Diagnostic Systems Corp. v. Symantec Corp. et al. – (C.D. Cal.) Represented defendant in patent litigation involving expert system software. Settled favorably.

Pro Bono Cases

State of Arizona v. Brian Womble (CR ) – Represent death row inmate in State-level post-conviction relief proceedings.

McCallum v. Peake, M.D. – (U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims) pro bono representation of Mr. McCallum in his appeal to the CAVC. Appeal decided in Appellant’s favor.

Ryan represents Fish & Richardson as a member of the Steering Committee for the Texas AIA – USPTO Pro Bono Patent Assistance Program, and drafts patent applications in support of the program.

Periodic casework for Central Texas Volunteer Legal Services.

Additional Training

Coursework in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals list (2019-2020).​

Focus Areas
Education

J.D. cum laude, Wayne State University Law School (2002)


B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Oakland University (1996)

Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2002
  • Michigan 2003
  • Texas 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Languages
  • English
  • German
Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Michigan Intellectual Property Lawyers Association

Member, American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association

Member, Federal Circuit Bar Association

What's trending with Ryan

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August 12, 2020
Fish & Richardson Receives Top “Gold” Ranking from IAM Patent 1000 for National Litigation Practice; National Rankings in the Plaintiff Firm and Prosecution Firm Categories
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June 20, 2019
Fish & Richardson Receives Top “Gold” Ranking from IAM Patent 1000 for National Patent Litigation Practice
Press Release
Recognition
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Blog
April 2, 2019
As Blockchain Goes Mainstream, Patent Applicants Face Familiar Hurdles
Authors: Frank L. Gerratana, Ryan P. McCarthy
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March 20, 2019
Fish & Richardson Celebrates Opening of Shenzhen Office
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February 22, 2019
Fish & Richardson Opens Shenzhen Office
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February 11, 2019
Fish Releases Latest Case Study, "Patenting Software: A Case Study in Overcoming Alice"
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November 15, 2018
Fish & Richardson To Open Office in Shenzhen, Innovation Capital of China’s Silicon Valley
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Event
April 5th, 2018 | 8:45 am CDT
The State Bar of Texas: International Law 30th Annual Institute
Speaking Engagement
Event
March 12th, 2017
Ryan McCarthy to Emcee at SXSW 2017: Internet of Things + Wearables & Finance Exhibitor Showcase
Speaking Engagement
Blog
February 10, 2017
Q&A Follow Up – Alice at 2 ½: Evolving Case Law and Perspectives on USPTO Guidelines
Author: Ryan P. McCarthy
Uncategorized
Event
January 25th, 2017 | 1:00 pm EST
Webinar | Alice at 2 ½: Evolving Case Law and Perspectives on USPTO Guidelines
Webinar
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November 14th, 2016 | 7:15 am CST
The Center for American and International Law: 54th Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law
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