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Ryan J. Stephenson

Washington, D.C.

Ryan J. Stephenson

Ryan Stephenson litigates patent and trademark disputes and provides counseling in the automotive, medical device, agriculture, software, and mobile device spaces.

Ryan has challenged and defended patents before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and has much experience in patent and trademark challenges in district court, including preparing expert reports, claim construction briefs, and dispositive and pre-trial motions. He also has experience with witness trial preparation.

Relying on his background in computer science, Ryan has counseled clients on management of their IP portfolios in a variety of technology areas, including software, wireless communication, mobile devices, energy, and life sciences.

Ryan's pro bono practice includes constitutional litigation challenging the conditions of solitary confinement in state prisons, and representing death row prisoners in habeas challenges.

Representative experience

Represented a major orthopaedic ceramics manufacturer to defend its trademark rights on the design of its ceramic hip implant component in the District of Colorado.

Represented the patent owner in the first ever instituted Post-Grant Review proceeding before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Represented an automotive manufacturer in numerous Inter Partes Review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and Federal district courts.

Counseled a major software company regarding risk from a competitor's patent portfolio.

Represented inmates in a Constitutional Eighth Amendment challenge to the solitary confinement policies of Virginia's Death Row.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 2014
  • M.S. Computer Science, Michigan State University, 2005
  • B.S. Computer Science, with honors, Michigan State University, 2003

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Court admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

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