Robert C. Ryan - Holland & Hart LLP

Robert C. Ryan

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2014
Phone: 775-327-3042

Businesses regularly engage Mr. Ryan, a registered patent attorney, to handle a range of intellectual property procurement, transactional, and enforcement matters. As a founding director-partner at what became and remains among the largest and most prominent intellectual property law firms in the Midwest and subsequently a former founder and Chief Legal Officer of a leading provider of digital multimedia distribution systems, Mr. Ryan has an intimate understanding of intellectual property law and practice and the challenges his clients face.

Mr. Ryan's substantial experience includes virtually all phases of patent, trade secret, trade identity, unfair competition, copyright, and antitrust law. His work has involved numerous technologies, including electrical, electronic, mechanical, optics, software, computing, satellite transmission, telecommunications, food science, gaming, and petrochemicals. Mr. Ryan also litigates on behalf of his clients, and has been trial counsel in antitrust and patent cases and held leading roles in scores of appeals.

During his years as CLO at StarGuide Digital Networks, he helped engineer the company's 2003 acquisition, via its patent portfolio, of Digital Generation Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGIT). He also personally handled the company's acquisition of the Satellite Audio Division of Scientific-Atlanta and negotiated its substantial development, supply, and licensing contracts with Westwood One, ABC, Clear Channel, Premier Radio Networks, One-On-One Sports Radio Network, the Mitsui Trading Company, Osaka-Usen (Japan), and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (China).

Mr. Ryan is admitted to practice in Nevada and Illinois (inactive), and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He has served as presenter on numerous presentations on intellectual property and related business topics at a wide variety of professional and business events. In addition, Mr. Ryan contributes content to The Spark, an online resource supporting Nevada's entrepreneurial community. He provides a patent attorney's insights on common start-up and tech company concerns, such as "Where do I begin?," "What is Patentable?," "What if there is a Similar Idea in the Marketplace?," and more.  

Northwestern University J.D. University of IllinoisBS University of Illinois BA
Federal Circuit Bar AssociationCivil Local Rules Subcommittee of the U.S. District Court for the District of NevadaNevada Bar Intellectual Property Section Alumni Board of the University of Illinois (U-C) School of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Office Location

5441 Kietzke Lane, Second Floor, Suite 200
Reno, NV 89511
United States

Practice Areas

Litigation - Intellectual Property